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Sunday, 3 June, 2001, 19:05 GMT 20:05 UK
Controls tightened in disease hotspots
A farm in Settle
Restrictions on livestock are being tightened in North Yorkshire
Foot-and-mouth cases are continuing to grow in the disease hotspots around North Yorkshire, as Ministry of Agriculture (Maff) officials step up movement controls in the area.

One new case was confirmed in the county on Sunday, with two confirmed in the Clitheroe hotspot along with a new case near South Molton in Devon which led to the cull of 35 cattle.

A herd of water buffalo has also been culled at a farm in Long Preston near Skipton in North Yorkshire, but Maff officials said the disease had only been confirmed among the farm's cattle.

Foot-and-mouth facts
Total cases in UK: 1,706
One new case on Wednesday
3,195,000 animals slaughtered
41,000 animals awaiting slaughter
14,000 carcasses awaiting disposal
Saturday saw the biggest daily increase in cases since 27 April - 13 new cases - further denting hopes that the virus was coming under control.

Six of the outbreaks were at Clitheroe in Lancashire, two in the Settle rectangle at Skipton, North Yorkshire, and one at nearby Ilkley in West Yorkshire.

Restrictions on moving livestock have been widened in the Lancashire and North Yorkshire hotspots

They have been extended to the east to include the area between Wharfedale and Nidderdale and to the south east to Otley and Bingley.

Farmer charges

The government's chief scientific adviser, Professor David King, last month signalled that the outbreak could effectively be over in time for the general election.

But earlier this week he admitted that a fresh bout of cases in some areas meant the disease was now likely to continue until August.

Meanwhile, Northumberland County Council has confirmed it is to bring six charges against the farmer at the centre of investigations into the source of the foot and mouth epidemic.

Pig farmer Bobby Waugh
Bobby Waugh has vowed to clear his name
Maff had said that Bobby Waugh's pig farm in Heddon on the Wall was the probable source of the outbreak which has spread across the UK.

Mr Waugh denies the charges and has vowed to clear his name, claiming he has been made a scapegoat.

Among the charges against Mr Waugh are "failure to notify the existence of disease in pigs between its occurrence and discovery by Maff".

He has also been accused of "feeding unprocessed catering waste to pigs" before the outbreak at his farm in February.

Show cancelled

Britain's premier agricultural events was cancelled on Thursday because of the epidemic.

The Great Yorkshire Show - which costs 14m to stage and attracts more than 120,000 people - is held annually in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, near to the Settle cluster of cases which officials are battling.

It had been hoped that the foot-and-mouth outbreaks in the area were decreasing and the show could go ahead on 10-12 July, albeit without livestock.

But organisers decided to cancel the show after more cases in the cluster were confirmed on Thursday.

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