30 March 1999
Case dropped against GM protestors

THE Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has dropped charges against two women accused of causing an estimated £44,000-worth of damage to genetically modified (GM) crops in Devon.

Jacklyn Sheedy and Elizabeth Snook were arrested last August after protestors uprooted a crop of herbicide resistant maize at Hood Barton Farm, near Totnes.

The two women were charged with conspiracy to cause criminal damage. The CPS offered no evidence against them at yesterdays hearing.

The damage was originally estimated at £605,000.