29 March 1999
CPS drops case against anti-GM women

THE Crown Prosecution Service has dropped charges against two women accused of destroying a test site for 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 site is only a few hundred yards from a leading organic vegetable farm.

The two women were charged with conspiracy to cause criminal damage and will appear before Plymouth crown court this morning. But the defendants have been told that “for complex reasons” the Crown intends to offer no evidence in the case.

  • The Herald also reports on six people arrested in scuffles with police in a demonstration over GM crops in Midlothian. Extensive damage was caused to a field, the test site of the Scottish Agricultural College at Boghall Farm on the outskirts of Edinburgh.