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Monday, August 2, 1999 Published at 12:32 GMT 13:32 UK


GM protesters bailed

Protesters have been bailed on charges of conspiracy to damage crops at a farm growing genetically-modified maize.

Twenty-six men and 19 women are facing charges following an attack on crops at a farm in Lincolnshire.

They were appearing throughout Monday at Lincoln Magistrates' Court, which was ordering the group to return to court on 13 September.

They must reside at home, not visit Lincolnshire except to attend court, not trespass on land used for growing crops and not associate with each other, the court said.

One of the men charged also faces an allegation of obstructing police during Saturday's protest.

A female juvenile arrested by police was referred to social services and not charged.

Police said those charged came from all over the country, including Leeds, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Devon, Huntingdon, Bristol, Norfolk, Sutton Coldfield, Hampshire, Brighton, Bath and Norwich.

Officers made 46 arrests on Saturday afternoon after six acres of non-GM maize, worth 2,000, were destroyed at Home Farm, Spital in the Street.

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