No bail for Melchett over GM protest

27 July 1999

No bail for Melchett over GM protest

By FWi staff

LORD MELCHETT, the executive director of Greenpeace, has been refused bail after being charged with criminal damage to a crop of genetically modified maize.

Lord Melchett, 51, was one of 30 activists arrested by police yesterday (Monday) after a field of GM maize was partially destroyed at Lyng, near Norwich, Norfolk.

Two protestors were later released, but 28 have been charged with theft and criminal damage to the crop which was part of a Government-santioned GM trial.

Lord Melchett, of Courtyards Farm, Ringstead, Hunstanton, Norfolk, entered no plea against the charges which were read out at Norwich Magistrates Court.

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