June 2008

POLICE and prosecutors fought a first-of-its-kind case to convict animal rights activists targeting a Herefordshire-based research laboratory, its staff, suppliers, business partners, and even neighbours.

Evidence gathered by Operation Tornado led to a five-month trial at Birmingham Crown Court which, because of restrictions imposed at the start, can only now be reported.

Tornado used powers under the 2005 Serious Organised Crime and Police Act to bring charges against activists. It is the first time these powers � which create the offences of interfering with or conspiring to interfere with the contractual relationships of an animal research organisation � have been successfully used in a contested court case.


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