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Seven in court over animal rights
A man being arrested in the raids
Police raids took place across the UK on 1 May.
Seven people have appeared in court over blackmail charges following police raids on an alleged network of animal rights extremists.

They appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court, charged with conspiracy to blackmail.

They were given conditional bail to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on 21 May for a preliminary hearing.

The raids on 1 May targeted 30 properties across the UK as well as in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Police said the raids were part of Operation Achilles, a two-year investigation into an alleged conspiracy targeting a variety of organisations and individuals, including Huntingdon Life Sciences in Cambridgeshire.

The suspects are Daniel Amos, 20, and Gerrah Selby, 19, of Aldershot Road, Church Crookham, Hampshire, and Linus Harrison, 21, and Grace Quantock, 19, of Tanhouse Lane, Wokingham, Berkshire.

Also facing the charge of conspiracy to blackmail are Stephen Barclay, 50, of caravan park, Redbridge Hollow, Oxford, Gavin Medd-Hall, 44, of Selwood Road, Croydon, Surrey, and Daniel Wadham, 20, of Harbour Road, Par, Cornwall, formerly of Brynmair, Aberdare, South Wales.

A further three people have been charged with conspiracy to blackmail and have already appeared in court, with their cases transferred to Portsmouth Crown Court.

Another two people were also charged with blackmail and bailed to appear in court.


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