An animal rights activist involved in anti-grouse shooting protests on Ilkley Moor was arrested after invading the show ring at world-famous dog show Crufts, just as the Best in Show winner was announced.

Law student, Luke Steele, 25, rushed onto the main floor at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham holding a placard declaring 'Mutts Against Crufts', as winning dog handler Rebecca Cross walked up to the podium with champion Scottish Terrier, Knopa, yesterday.

He and was swiftly tackled and removed from the ring by security staff.

He was protesting over fears that many pedigree dogs are bred to have unnatural characteristics which affect their health and welfare.

Mr Steele was arrested and later released without charge.