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Last Updated: Friday, 4 May 2007, 02:59 GMT 03:59 UK
Charges after animal rights raids
A man being arrested
Police raids took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning
A husband and wife have been charged with conspiracy to blackmail after a series of raids in the UK and Europe over alleged animal rights extremism.

Gregory Avery, 39, and Natasha Avery, 38, of Lower Common, Eversley, Hants, will appear before Portsmouth magistrates on Friday afternoon.

On Wednesday, seven other people were charged with conspiracy to blackmail and a further two with blackmail.

Twenty people have been released on bail and one freed without charge.

Police said Tuesday morning's operation was one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

About 700 police officers and support staff were involved in the operation at addresses in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, leading to 32 arrests.

A 40-year-old woman is also being questioned by detectives after she was arrested at Guildford police station on Thursday.


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