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Delay on harassment ruling
Huntingdon Life Sciences
The firm has research centres in Suffolk and Cambridgeshrie
Employees at Huntingdon Life Sciences are still waiting for a decision on whether an injuction to protect them is to be extended.

A High Court judge has reserved his decision on an application to continue an injunction protecting staff at the animal testing drug laboratory to protect them from harassment by animal rights protesters.

An interim order was granted to employees of Huntingdon Life Sciences, which has research centres in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, by Mr Justice Pitchers in London on 16 April.

Mr Justice Gibbs, who is being asked to rule that the injunction should remain in place, is expected to give his judgment next week, on a day yet to be announced.

The April order was granted to Brian Cass, the managing director of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), on behalf of more than 1,000 employees.

The current injunction states that protesters are restrained from pursuing a course of conduct which amounts to harassment of the employees and their families.

It also bans them from approaching within 50 yards of the homes of the employees and places exclusion zones at the two research centres.

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