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Last Updated: Friday, 15 October, 2004, 13:42 GMT 14:42 UK
Pro-hunters stage court protest
Protesters lobby Lord Falconer
About 60 pro-hunt protesters gave Lord Falconer a noisy reception
Pro-hunt campaigners have demonstrated at the official opening of the new Ipswich Crown Court building.

A group of about 60 protesters from the Countryside Alliance turned up on Friday to lobby the Lord Chancellor.

Lord Falconer, visiting the town to open the new 14m court building, was given a noisy reception.

Liz Mort, of the Countryside Alliance, said: "His party is threatening to bamboozle through a law which would make people like me criminals."

Lord Falconer, who agreed to meet the campaigners, said: "They are perfectively free to demonstrate but the way our system works Parliament makes the decision. "

Hunt supporters have pledged to keep up the pressure on ministers while legislation to ban hunting goes through Parliament.




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