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Man in court over farm blackmail
Darley Oaks farm
Darley Oaks farm was targeted by activists
A 27-year-old man charged with blackmailing two employees of a guinea pig farm has appeared in court.

Wayne Bunch, from Colchester in Essex, appeared before magistrates in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire.

The charges relate to threatening letters sent to two Darley Oaks Farm workers in 2003. The farm was targeted by animal rights activists.

Mr Bunch, of Bloys Mews, was released on bail to appear at Stafford Crown Court at a later date.

The farm, in Newchurch, Staffordshire, which bred guinea pigs for medical research, shut down in January following a six-year campaign by activists.

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