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Guinea pig farm officially closes
Grave scene
The graveyard at Yoxall, scene of the desecration
A farm that has been breeding guinea pigs for medical research and has been targeted by animal rights activists is to officially close.

The family-run Darley Oaks Farm in Newchurch, Staffordshire, has been hit by a campaign of abuse.

It was hoped the decision would prompt those who took the remains of relative Gladys Hammond from a churchyard in Yoxall, to return them.

An announcement over the farm's closure is expected on Friday.

Mrs Hammond was the mother-in-law of Christopher Hall, part-owner of the farm.

Her remains were taken from St Peter's churchyard in October 2004. She had been buried there seven years earlier.

Four people have been charged with blackmail offences.




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