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Sunday, 21 April, 2002, 17:46 GMT 18:46 UK
GM crops vandalised
Tractor at Munlochy on the Black Isle
The trial has been at the centre of controversy
A field of genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland that has been at the centre of an environmental row has been destroyed.

Northern Constabulary said about five acres of GM oilseed rape was destroyed overnight between Saturday and Sunday at Roskill Farm, Munlochy, Easter Ross.

Police said they were investigating the matter and appealed for information.

It comes just days after a Scottish Parliament committee called for the crop trial, which had just started to flower, to be ploughed up.

GM protester
Campaigners have registered their concerns
A total of 4,000 protesters based on the Black Isle handed a petition to the Transport and Environment Committee expressing their opposition to the crop trial.

On Wednesday, a meeting of the committee narrowly voted in favour of a motion by Green MSP Robin Harper calling for an end to the trial.

Anthony Jackson, of the Munlochy Vigil, which has campaigned against the oilseed rape trial, said the group had no knowledge of the incident.

He said: "We have no plans for direct action. We are heavily involved in the political process and that is the way we will continue to operate."

See also:

17 Apr 02 | Scotland
MSPs want GM trial halted
28 Mar 02 | Scotland
Freedom for jailed GM crop protester
12 Mar 02 | Scotland
GM trials up for question
10 Sep 01 | Scotland
Finnie welcomes GM crops report
24 Aug 01 | Scotland
GM protesters in court
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