Six face HLS blackmail charges

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SIX people have been charged with conspiracy to blackmail Huntingdon Life Sciences as part of an operation to disrupt animal rights extremism.

SIX people have been charged with conspiracy to blackmail Huntingdon Life Sciences as part of an operation to disrupt animal rights extremism.

The charges are the latest development in Operation Achilles – a police operation involving Kent, Sussex,

Surrey, Thames Valley and Hampshire police forces.

A Hampshire police spokeswoman said 22 people have been charged under the operation, while two remain on bail.

All charges relate to the group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC).

Sixteen have been charged with

conspiracy to blackmail Huntingdon Life Sciences, two have been charged with blackmail and malicious communications, three have been charged with burglary and handling in relation to a stolen dog, and one has been charged with theft from his employee in relation to documents he is alleged to have passed to Shac.

The latest six to be charged will appear before Aldershot Magistrates' Court in Hampshire, on Thursday.