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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 October, 2004, 08:50 GMT 09:50 UK
Activists urged to stop protests
Gladys Hammond
The remains were taken seven years after Mrs Hammond's death
Animal rights campaigners are being asked to stop protests outside a farm run by the family of a woman whose body was taken from a church graveyard.

Darley Oaks Farm in Newchurch, Staffs, breeds guinea pigs for medical research and pickets have been mounted outside over several years.

Police have asked campaigners to call off a protest on Wednesday, following the theft Gladys Hammond's remains.

The 82-year-old's body has not yet been recovered.

Threatening letters

A police spokesman said: "Emotions are still high with Mrs Hammond's family and residents of Yoxall following the desecration of Mrs Hammond's grave."

He thanked campaigners for not attending a protest on Sunday following a similar request.

A further assessment of the possible impact will be held before the next picket on Sunday.

Earlier this week, police said the Hall family had received several threatening letters from a writer who claimed to have Mrs Hammond's remains.

A service was held on Saturday to rededicate Mrs Hammond's grave at the churchyard.


SEE ALSO:
Letters sent over missing remains
18 Oct 04  |  Staffordshire
Service held at desecrated grave
16 Oct 04  |  Staffordshire
Campaigner slams grave attack
15 Oct 04  |  Staffordshire
Animal group condemn grave attack
13 Oct 04  |  Staffordshire


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