16 May 2000
Fife anti-GM protesters cleared

By FWi staff

ENVIRONMENTAL protesters have been cleared of obstructing police during a demonstration at a test site for genetically modified crops.

But four of the six activists must return to face a charge of vandalism.

The group had faced trial on charges of vandalism and obstruction after allegedly destroying crops at Boghall Farm near Penicuik, Midlothian.

The alleged incident last March took place at a test site for the Scottish Agricultural College, reports BBC Online

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Sheriff Elizabeth Jarvie found Catherine Johnson, 32, from Fife, and Stokely Webster, 29, from London, not guilty of obstructing police.

Mark Ballard, 28, from Stockbridge, Edinburgh; Matthew Herbert, 29, from St Andrews; Alan Tolmie, 33, from Edinburgh; and James MacKenzie, 27, from Stockbridge, were also found not guilty of the same charge.

The case against Ballard, Herbert, Tolmie and MacKenzie on charges of vandalism continues on 28 August.