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Police release images of men wanted over violent clashes in Wiltshire hunt

Police have released images of three men wanted in connection with violent clashes during an annual hunt in Wiltshire.

At the Boxing Day meeting of the Avon Vale Hunt in the village of Lacock, held on December 27 this year, clashes broke out between anti-hunting protesters and supporters.

Footage of punches being thrown and someone being hit with a placard were widely shared on social media in the wake of the encounter.

Wiltshire Police have arrested three men aged 18, 26 and 30 in Wiltshire on suspicion of a fight and are now looking for three more.

On New Year’s Day, police released an image of a white man wearing a dark cap, black glasses and a blue scarf.

The second suspect is white, bald and wearing a dark coat, blue hoodie, black gloves and a large black face mask.

The last man is white with short, graying hair and wears a dark Berghaus jacket.

Anyone who recognizes any of the three suspects should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 quoting reference number 54210125809.

The three previously arrested men have been released pending an investigation, police said.

Complaints have been made about the behavior of officers overseeing the event. The Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office said it was reviewing the complaints.

“We are aware of an incident between members of Avon Vale Hunt and hunting protesters that took place in Lacock on December 27,” a spokesman said.

“Should a legally admissible complaint be made, the official complaints procedure will be followed.”