24 May 2002

Inquiry sadness

DEVON farmer and campaigner Robert Persey is saddened but not surprised at the failure of the legal bid to force a public inquiry into foot-and-mouth.

Lawyers have dropped the case after failing to raise enough cash to proceed.

Mr Persey said he was disappointed at the lack of support. "If more people had pledged serious sums of money we might have stood a chance of winning." &#42