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Animal rights activists accused of involvement in raid
27 October 2008
FOUR animal rights activists have appeared in court accused of being involved in a raid on a farm.
The farm, near Gainsborough, was targeted because of its links to the Huntingdon Life Sciences research company, Lincoln Crown Court was told.
The four were arrested in the early hours of 13th October at Caenby Corner which is close to Highgate Farm in the village of Normanby-by-Spital.
Victoria Waterhouse-Taylor, 18, of Eva Street, Rusholme, Manchester; and a 17-year-old boy from Urmston, Manchester, along with Dean Cain, 27, of King Street, Ulverston, Cumbria; and Luke Steele, 18, of Woodside View, Leeds are accused of conspiracy to cause damage at Highgate Farm.
They also face further charges of interfering with a contractual relationship so as to harm an animal research establishment and a further charge of conspiracy.
There was a heavy police presence at the court for the 45 minutes hearing. No pleas were taken and Cain and Steele were each remanded in custody.
Waterhouse-Taylor and the 17-year-old, who cannot be named, were granted conditional bail until all four appear in court again 19th December.
Highgate Farm was previously raided by animal rights activists in January when 129 rabbits were stolen and �100,000 damage caused by a group claiming to be connected to the Animal Liberation Front.
Images of the raid and video footage were posted on the internet.
The isolated farm is licensed by the Home Office to breed rabbits which are provided to the research industry including Huntingdon Life Sciences.
None of the four people before the court in relation to the October allegations is connected to the earlier raid.
Four animal rights activists have appeared in court accused of being
involved in a raid on a farm at Normanby by Spital.
The farm was targeted because of its links to the Huntingdon Life
Sciences research company, Lincoln Crown Court was told.
They also face further charges of interfering with a contractual
relationship so as to harm an animal research establishment and a
further charge of conspiracy.
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