THREE animal rights extremists brought terror to firms dealing with a controversial science laboratory in a day of action they christened "Kick Ass Day 3", a court was told.

Susane Taylor, 34, her husband Mark, 38, and Theresa Portwine, 46, set out to cripple Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) which tests products on animals.

Wearing skull masks and carrying video cameras they barged into firms to vandalise property and abuse staff in protests planned with 'military precision'.

Staff were told: "You'll get it if you don't stop dealing with HLS", the Old Bailey heard yesterday (Monday, 22 January).

Prosecutor Edward Brown said: "At each protest they caused very considerable disruption, intimidation and fright."

The three were all members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), an organisation which used its website to show pictures of employees from firms they targeted.

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