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Animal rights protester gets Asbo
Protestors campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences
SHAC has been trying to close HLS for five years
A leading animal rights activist has been given a five-year anti-social behaviour order to keep her away from animal research laboratories.

Heather Nicholson, 38, of Woking, Surrey, is barred from going within 500 metres of Huntingdon Life Sciences' sites in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

The order also prevents her approaching other firms linked to research.

The move follows her court conviction on Monday for assault and trespass over an incident at Phytopharm last year.

'Come out fighting'

The Asbo also prevents Nicholson from contacting the owners, shareholders or employees of Huntingdon Life Sciences, or their families.

Nicholson, a leading member of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) group, vowed to continue the campaign to stop animal cruelty.

"We will not be stopped in our fight to close Huntingdon Life Sciences. They could lock me up for 10 years and I would still come out fighting," she said.

Cambridgeshire Police, which supported the application for the Asbo, commented:

"Those extremists that commit crime to further their cause can expect to be caught and prosecuted."


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