A man and a woman have admitted causing unnecessary suffering to fox cubs at kennels belonging to the South Herefordshire Hunt at Wormelow.

Julie Elmore, 55, of the Brynarw estate near Abergavenny, and Paul Reece, 48, from Itton, in south Wales both admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. They will be sentenced at a later date.

Three others deny the same charges.

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard that the unnecessary suffering involved the killing of fox cubs, by feeding them to hounds.

The court was told a hidden camera was placed at the kennels by the Hunt Investigation Team which campaigns against fox hunting, after it received information that animal welfare legislation had been allegedly breached in May 2016.

The trial against Master of Hounds, Paul Oliver, kennel maid, Hannah Rose, both of Lincolnshire and Nathan Parry, a terrier man of the Brynarw estate near Abergavenny, is continuing.