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Animal rights website taken down
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Oxford has become a focal point for animal rights campaigners
An animal rights website which published the addresses of Oxford University staff has been taken down.

Oxford has become the focus of protests over the construction of a new 18m animal research facility.

The university claimed protesters were using the website to target top Oxford staff involved in the construction of the building.

Yahoo removed the site after learning it could be breaching a High Court order granted to the university.

The university can only perceive publication of this information as an invitation to those who are prepared to harass, threaten or attack people
University spokeswoman

The university confirmed that it had been in contact with the internet service provider about taking down the site.

It also reported the matter to police, who are investigating.

A spokeswoman said: "We can see no legitimate reason why the home addresses of members of our staff, and people involved in the construction of our new biomedical research building, should be published on the world wide web without their consent.

"The university can only perceive publication of this information as an invitation to those who are prepared to harass, threaten or attack people who are conducting ordinary legal activities."

A Thames Valley Police spokeswoman said: "A complaint was received and, with the assistance of the internet service provider, the site is no longer accessible."

The High Court has granted an interim order which forbade protesters from publishing addresses, telephone numbers or e-mail addresses of people protected by the order on the internet or elsewhere.

A Yahoo spokeswoman said: "It was taken down on Tuesday, partly as a precaution and partly because it was drawn to our attention that it had those names on it."


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