AFTER the invasion of Batsford Falconry by Heythrop hounds, panicking rare birds off their nests, can we accept trail hunting as a genuine attempt to hunt within the law?

Far too often, fox urine trailed about leads to foxes chased and killed and/or dangerous havoc. On November 1, traffic on the Fosse Way was brought to a sudden halt by Heythrop hounds evidently savaging a fox on the road, and on January 29 Beaufont hounds tore a fox apart in a back garden. Clearly the police need to watch hunt activity more closely and deal decisively with suggested illegal hunting.

MISS KATHERINE WATSON, Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire.