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Police called as pack of hunting dogs run through primary school in front of ‘distressed’ children

A headteacher in Nottinghamshire has questioned “why on earth” a number of trail hunt dogs were allowed to run rampant through school grounds in front of distressed children.

The dogs, who were part of a fox hunting event, or trail hunt, ran through the grounds of Kinoulton Primary School, Kinoulton, just after midday on Monday, February 7.

Simon Paramore, the school’s headteacher, says the incident “could have been worse” but emphasised no children were harmed.

The school called Nottinghamshire Police which has since spoken to the owners of the dogs to “make sure it never happens again”.

Headteacher Mr Paramore said: “We wanted to reassure the parents that everything was fine and that we safeguarded the children so the dogs weren’t anywhere near them.

“It’s in the hands of the police now because I don’t know why on earth the trail hunt was anywhere near the school.

“All I can say is it was lunch time yesterday and some of the children were outside, most of them were inside fortunately.

“We’ve got quite a big grounds and the dogs mostly just ran across our field entering from one side and then they exited from the other side.

“So most of them just ran straight through and then there were a couple of them that were just hanging around.

“I’ve no idea why they were anywhere near the school at all because if they’re doing a trail hunt I don’t know why there’s any need for them to come near the school.

“There’s people that have been here a lot longer than me who have never known a hunt come anywhere near a primary school.

“Obviously we called 999 straight away and by the time the police had come they were gone – they weren’t here for very long and all the children were inside.

“The staff were brilliant and safeguarded the children straight away.

“We’re very fortunate that the children weren’t upset. Nothing was damaged.

“But it could’ve been worse.

“I went out to the street and I tried to challenge them and ask them what on earth they were doing near a primary school with dogs but they didn’t want to stop and talk.”

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Inspector Rob Lawton, the force’s neighbourhood inspector for Rushcliffe, added: “We received reports of an incident at Kinoulton Primary School, Kinoutlon, yesterday (Monday 7 February) at around 12.25pm.

“Officers quickly responded to reports of three dogs being on the school premises and the owners were swiftly located and the issue resolved.

“No one was injured during the incident but we do understand how distressing it was for the children and people involved.

“We would like to reassure everyone that we have spoken with the school and made them aware that officers have spoken with the owners of the dogs to resolve the issue and make sure it never happens again.”