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Man to sue over body theft arrest
Gladys Hammond
Gladys Hammond was the mother-in-law of a guinea pig breeder
An animal rights campaigner has vowed to sue police after spending nine months on bail in connection with the theft of a woman's body at a graveyard.

John Curtin, 42, of Coventry, was arrested by Staffordshire Police after being arrested over the desecration of Gladys Hammond's body last October.

He said police kept him on bail "pretend they are getting somewhere."

Mrs Hammond, 82, who was buried in Yoxall had family links to a farm where guinea pigs are bred for research.

'Horrible experience'

Mrs Hammond, who was buried in St Peter's churchyard, was the mother-in-law of Christopher Hall, part-owner of Darley Oaks Farm in Newchurch.

Mr Curtin, from Hillfields, said: "I am really fuming that they have held me on bail for nine months without any evidence.

"I had nothing to do with this offence - I think it was despicable - but the police have kept me on bail just to try and pretend that they are getting somewhere with their inquiry.

"I am relieved that it's over - it's been a fairly horrible experience for me - but I will be suing the police."

Earlier, a Staffordshire Police spokesman confirmed that a 42-year-old man arrested in connection with the desecration of Mrs Hammond's grave had been released from his bail.

The force confirmed last week that four other people arrested in connection with the inquiry had also been released from their bail.

The four - two men aged 35 and 38 from Wolverhampton, a 36-year-old man from Birmingham and a 30-year-old woman from Gloucester - were all arrested in March.

Police are appealing for information.

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