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Teacher jailed for sex attacks on schoolgirls

Philip Pickett Credit: City of London Police

A teacher from Oxfordshire has been jailed for 11 years for "exceptionally serious" sex attacks on two schoolgirls and a young woman in sound-proof practice rooms.

Professional recorder player Philip Pickett, 64, from Lyneham, near Chipping Norton, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of two rapes and two indecent assaults on his victims between 1979 and 1983.

Pickett, who taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for 25 years, lured vulnerable pupils into practice rooms where no one would hear their screams as he shut the door, turned out the light and assaulted them, the court heard.

The charges were brought after one of the victims alerted police in light of the Jimmy Savile sex scandal.

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Judge: Some see hunting as cruel, others see it as tradition

Judge: "Some people see hunting foxes as cruel and immoral. Others see hunting as an essentialand traditional part of countryside management and they say that criminalising the activity is inappropriate.

"As everyone is aware, in political circles the Hunting Act continues to be considered and thiscoalition Government has indicated the possibility of a free vote in Parliament at some point in the future."

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Video footage of illegal fox hunt

In the first case of its kind a hunt in Oxfordshire has admitted a charge of illegally hunting a fox.

The charges were brought by the RSPCA, who filmed a hunt in which a fox was chased by hounds and killed.

Members of the Heythrop hunt, Richard Sumner and Julian Barnfield will be sentenced later. Fox hunting with hounds was made illegal in 2004.

Hunt organisers admit illegal fox hunt

A hunt has admitted a charge of illegally hunting a fox.

The Heythrop Hunt Ltd of, Chipping Norton, admitted a charge relating to hunting a wild mammal, namely a fox, with dogs contrary to Sections 1 and 10 of the Hunting Act 2004.

Richard Ward Sumner 68, of Penhill Farm, Salperton, Gloucestershire, and Julian Barnfield, 49, of Huntsmans House, Heythrop Hunt Kennels, Chipping Norton, also admitted the charge at Oxford Magistrates Court.

The prosecution was brought by the RSPCA. Sentencing will take place shortly.

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