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Fox hunting protester arrested after shouting 'kill May' as PM arrived at campaign event in Wales

The protester was grabbed by police as Theresa May arrived at the Welsh Conservative manifesto launch. Credit: PA

An anti-fox hunting protester has been arrested after shouting "save our wildlife, kill May" as the prime minister arrived at a election campaign event in north Wales.

The 25-year-old, who said his name was Connor, played a hunting bugle before shouting out as Theresa May was driven to a community centre in Wrexham.

He continued to demonstrate before police grabbed him and carried him away to nearby police vans.

The man was later released without charge.

The protester played a bugle as he condemned the PM's support for fox hunting. Credit: PA

The protester had yelled "this is the fascist state that we are living in under Theresa May's regime" as he protested his innocence during his arrest.

The man said he was protesting about the repeal of the fox hunting act, fracking, austerity, "the lot" and added: "I've not done nothing wrong."

Another demonstrator told police the man had "done nothing wrong" and described their response as a "farce" as they pulled him and then carried him into a van.

Protests were heard as Theresa May arrived at Gresford Memorial Hall. Credit: PA

North Wales Police Superintendent Nick Evans said a crowd of around 50 people had gathered, including onlookers and protesters.

"In the main they were well-behaved; however, one particular person, despite a number of warnings, was arrested to prevent a breach of the peace," he said.

"The man was arrested due to his behaviour and conveyed to a local police station. He has since been released without charge."

Mr Evans added: "Our policing operation today was proportionate and necessary."

Hunting with dogs was outlawed in 2004. Credit: PA

Mrs May did not appear to be affected by the nearby protest as she was greeted outside Gresford Memorial Hall.

The prime minister has pledged to call a Commons vote on scrapping the ban on fox hunting if she is re-elected.

The Conservative leader said she has "always been in favour" of the blood sport, which was outlawed in 2004.