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Tuesday, November 24, 1998 Published at 16:59 GMT


Hunger striker in hospital

Barry Horne: An "urban terrorist", a judge said

A hunger-striking jailed animal rights campaigner has been moved to a hospital.

The BBC's John Cundy: Horne's protest now threatens his life
Barry Horne, described as an "urban terrorist" by the judge who sentenced him, has not eaten since 6 October.

Horne, 46, was taken from Full Sutton Prison in York to the city's District Hospital on Tuesday as concern over his condition heightened.

[ image: Horne wants a Royal Commission]
Horne wants a Royal Commission
He is serving 18 years for a firebombing campaign which caused £3m damage to shops.

A Prison Service spokesman said: "His health situation is giving us serious cause for concern. He's obviously very weak."

The decision to move him was taken on the advice of a hospital consultant who has been supervising his condition.

Horne is protesting at the continuing use of animals in medical experiments and the government's failure to set up a Royal Commission on the issue.

Last week three fellow animal rights campaigner staged a protest outside Home Secretary Jack Straw's Oxfordhire house, in support of Horne. One person was arrested.

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