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Closing statements due in Borders fox hunting trial

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Closing statements are due to be heard today in the trial of two huntsmen accused of breaching Scotland's fox hunting laws.

67-year-old John Clive Richardson and his son, 24-year-old Johnny Riley, from the Jedforest Hunt, have denied the accusation after a video filmed by investigators showed a fox being dug out of a hole and then chased by a pack of hounds.

The video was filmed at Townfoothill near Jedburgh in February 2016, by an employee of the League Against Cruel Sports.

The trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court has already had several days of evidence from members of the League Against Cruel Sports, police and the two accused.

The Crown and the defence teams will now sum up their cases to Sheriff Peter Paterson.

No huntsman has yet been convicted under the protection of Wild Mammals Scotland Act 2002.