12 October 1999
Beef men to blockade Plymouth

By FWi staff

HUNDREDS of livestock producers are expected to blockade the port of Plymouth this evening in an attempt to prevent French produce from entering the country.

Farmers from Devon and Cornwall plan to stop all lorries carrying French goods at Plymouth docks in retaliation against the French ban on imports of British beef.

Up to 500 protestors are expected to converge on Plymouth dockside, although private vehicles and passengers will be allowed to disembark.

“We will stop French produce coming in,” said Richard Haddock, chairman of Devon National Farmers Union.

Mr Haddock said British producers had no dispute with French farmers and hauliers but would be venting their anger at Frances continuing ban on British beef.