The League Against Cruel Sports has escaped bankruptcy after the Royal Mail let it off paying the full cost of a torrent of bulky freepost mail sent to it by hunt supporters.
The total bill to the animal rights group as a result of the sabotage would have been about £500,000, but the Royal Mail has charged just £2,000, the cost incurred before the league realised what was happening and cancelled the freepost address.
Parcels sent to the address included excrement, bricks and even a dead squirrel. An email had been circulated among pro-hunt supporters urging them to bombard the group with post. The Royal Mail depot in Poole, Dorset even called in the bomb squad to investigate after some particularly heavy packages were received.