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Saturday, December 12, 1998 Published at 19:03 GMT


Horne family in jail visit

Horne has been moved back to Full Sutton Prison in York

The family of jailed animal rights activist Barry Horne has visited him in prison on the 67th day of his hunger strike.

Horne is said by his supporters to be "deteriorating quite badly" after being moved back to Full Sutton Prison from hospital on Thursday.

Les Stevens, a spokesman for the Animals Betrayed Coalition, said: "He saw his family today and they were having the chance to say goodbye to him because his health is deteriorating quite badly now."

[ image: Horne: Examining documents]
Horne: Examining documents
Horne's ex-wife Aileen and his 14-year-old son Christy were understood to have visited him at the prison.

The hunger striker is studying documents related to the government's position on animal experiments.

A Website set up for Horne says the documents "could result in a successful resolution".

The 46-year-old former dustman is serving 18 years for a firebombing campaign.

He started his hunger strike on 6 October but has already said he will end his protest if the government announces a date for setting up a Royal Commission into the use of animals in experiments.

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