ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS GUILTY OF CRIMINAL DAMAGE; Suspended Jail Sentences for 'Young and Idealistic' Duo

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ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS GUILTY OF CRIMINAL DAMAGE; Suspended Jail Sentences for 'Young and Idealistic' Duo


Byline: Duncan Gibbons

TWO animal rights activists from south Warwickshire were yesterday handed suspended jail sentences for attacking banks with links to an animal testing lab.

Christopher Potter, 20, and Maria Neal, 21, both of Seggs Lane, Alcester, were jailed for 12 months, suspend for two years, and order to carry out 120 hours of u paid work.

The pair, who admitt conspiracy to commit cri inal damage, attacked fo branches of Barclays Ba in Hampshire in 2008 daubing "murderers" a "scum" on doors and glui cash machine slots.

They also painted "ALF" standing for Animal Liber tion Front - on the side o the buildings.

Barclays no longer has links to the Cambridgeshire-based Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) but did when the attacks took place, through its asset management business.

Potter and Neal also damaged a car belonging to someone they mistakenly thought had links to a company supplying HLS during the conspiracy, causing damage worth pounds 7,500.

A van belonging to FedEx, another target, was also attacked by the extremists. Sentencing the pair at Wi h t C C t He described Potter and Neal as "young and idealistic" and added: "I hope when you look at yourselves you recoil in horror and think 'What on earth was I doing? …

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