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Eight animal activists prosecuted
Huntingdon Life Sciences
The protesters targeted two firms with links to HLS
Eight animal rights protesters have become some of the first in the country to be prosecuted under new laws.

The group pleaded guilty to aggravated trespass after staging demonstrations at companies linked to Huntingdon ife Sciences in Cambridgeshire.

Peterborough Magistrates court were told the defendents burst into two firm's offices and intimidated staff.

On Thursday they were each ordered to serve 40-hour community punishment orders.

All eight pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated trespass.

Detained at court

The incidents took place on 17 February 2004 - 28 days after the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 was amended.

Demonstrators were identified from CCTV footage provided by the two Cambridgeshire businesses - Cambridge Export Documents (CED) and pharmaceutical company Phytopharm.

Stephanie Taylor, 20, from Liverpool; Lewis Pogson, 18, from London; Katrina Sommers, 44, and Kate Jones, 23, from Liverpool and Gavin Medd-Hall, 41, from Croydon, were arrested three weeks later.

Collette Piert, 22, from Liverpool was detained outside the court at the first hearing of the case while Paul Xuereb, 38, from London, and Debbie Vincent, 42, from Woking, Surrey, went to a police station.

Each of the group was ordered to pay 150 compensation and 100 costs.

Matthew Bradbury, prosecuting, said both incidents had only lasted a few minutes but workers had been "alarmed, intimidated and put in fear."

Kate Jones was also given a three-year Anti Social Behaviour Order as she had previously committed a similar offence.

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