21 July 1995

£1m debts turn Phoenix calf air export business to ashes

By Shelley Wright

PHOENIX Aviation, the firm that exported calves from Cov-entry airport to the Continent, has gone into voluntary liquidation.

With reported debts of £1m the firms managing director, Christ-opher Barratt-Jolly, said the decision to cease trading was an economic one and was not influenced by the animal rights activists.

The collapse of Phoenix means there are now no air routes for live animal exports. A spokesman for the company was reported to have said at the weekend that its assets exceeded its debts but that people who owed money to Mr Barratt-Jolly had been slow to pay.

Flights began from Coventry airport last November, surrounded by controversy. In December the plane used by Phoenix crashed on its way into Coventry, killing five crew. And an attempt to resume flights in January was blocked by the Dept of Transport after the new plane failed safety tests.

During the demonstrations that accompanied each flight, more than 200 protesters were arrested. In February one of the protesters, Jill Phipps, was killed after falling under a lorry that was taking calves into the airport.

In May, Mr Barratt-Jolly was arrested after allegedly shooting at protesters outside his house. &#42