The Press Association: Animal rights activists jailed
Good, strong sentences for those involved. This really was a nasty 7 years campaign of blackmail and intimidation against people trying to do their legal day to day work.Five animal rights activists who intimidated companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in an attempt to close down the animal testing lab have been sentenced to between six years and 15 months in prison.
Sarah Whitehead, 53, Nicole Vosper, 22, Thomas Harris, 27, Jason Mullan, 32, and Nicola Tapping, 29, were all members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac).
The youngest member of the conspiracy Alfie Fitzpatrick, 21, received a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to complete 100 hours of community work.
Employees of the company (And supplying companies) were subject to a campaign that involved criminal damage at their homes, bomb threats, phone threats and issuing leaflets to their neighbours saying they were paedophiles.
The total cost to the company between repairs and increased security was 12 million.
One good thing to emerge is that this has now caused the police to form a new department solely to deal with this sort of focused abuse.