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FOOT & MOUTH CRISIS Cops set to clash with ALF.

Byline: MARIE SHARP EXCLUSIVE

POLICE were last night preparing for angry confrontations with animal rights activists as farmers were ordered to slaughter healthy sheep.

Officers in Lothian and Borders were warned the Animal Liberation Front was planning protests across the east of the country.

In Fife, emergency meetings were held as police set up fast-response teams to help targeted farmers.

And there was growing concern extremists would respond to the cull with violence outside abattoirs.

Detectives were monitoring the activities of the ALF and other groups and feared they were gearing up for a string of attacks.

Concerns were raised after the arrival of a number of well-known rabble rousers in Edinburgh.

One Lothian and Borders officer said: "Until now, the animal rights movement have remained fairly quiet about the whole situation but the concern is that the latest decision will enflame them."
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