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Officers accused over foot-and-mouth.

TWO trading standards officers and a woman police officer face charges over entry to a Mid Wales farm during the foot-andmouth crisis.

Lesley Plaice, who farms near Welshpool, is bringing a private prosecution against the officers, who appeared at Shrewsbury Crown Court yesterday.

Miss Plaice alleges regulations were breached when she was arrested, allegedly to prevent a breach of the peace, as officers sought to enter the farm and examine sheep.

Before the court were Shropshire County Council trading standards officers Graham Godbold and Paul Womack. The police officer was Sylvia Davies.

The charge arising from Miss Plaice's complaint is that the three conspired to pervert the course of justice by devising a plan to come into force if and when a request for entry to the farm was made by agriculture ministry, Defra, in July last year.

That resulted in the arrest of Miss Plaice, purporting to be for the prevention of a breach of the peace, and without her having access to an injunction. The detailed charge was not put to the defendants and no plea was taken.

Judge Nicholas Mitchell adjourned the hearing and ordered that evidence be served between the defence and prosecution by dates in September.

The officers were granted unconditional bail.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 30, 2002
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