Police say they are taking reported clashes between hunt saboteurs and hunt supporters seriously and are appealing for evidence.

A statement has been issued following our story this week about an incident which took place involving supporters of the Dart Vale and South Pool Harriers and saboteurs near South Pool, and a clash in Mid Devon.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "We have become aware of tensions relating to a number of local hunts.

"All allegations connected with hunts are assessed and investigated appropriately. This includes offences against the act, damage, assault and disorder, and we share information, investigations and best practice with other forces and agencies.

"As part of routine policing, we do work with our communities who have an interest in hunt activity, and last weekend we had officers attend a hunt in Mid Devon.

"It is clear that whilst these incidents can and do appear on social media, they still remain underreported to the police. We are unable to investigate incidents that are only discussed on social media, they must be reported to us via our official channels.

"We would encourage witnesses to any offences to share with us unedited footage and images, and be prepared to give statements to allow us to investigate any allegation of criminality.

"We are aware of the sensitivities and the high-emotions that are linked to these incidents. We wish to reassure you that we will act impartially and promptly to any incident reported to us, and would urge anyone with relevant information to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via [email protected] or via 101.

"In addition to this, we are continuing to investigate allegations of an assault following an incident that took place near a farm in South Pool, Kingsbridge, at around 3.40pm on Saturday, January 13, which has generated significant discussions across social media.

"A man in his 40s sustained facial injuries and was taken to Derriford Hospital for treatment. Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident. If you were there, or have yet to have spoken to police and have information that can aid with our investigation, please contact [email protected] quoting crime reference CR/003949/18."