Five held in grave-robbing probe
Staffordshire Police said warrants were executed at four addresses in Manchester and the Midlands between 6.30 and 7.00 this morning.
Three men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to blackmail David Hall and Partners, a family-run guinea pig breeding farm which recently announced it would close at the end of the year following a six-year hate campaign by animal rights extremists.
The family said at the time that they hoped their decision would prompt grave robbers to return the body of 82-year-old Gladys Hammond.
Mrs Hammond was the mother-in-law of Christopher Hall, who co-owns Darley Oaks Farm, and her body was stolen from a grave at St Peter's Church in nearby Yoxall last October.
Police arrested a 35-year-old man in Manchester, a 36-year-old man in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, a 38-year-old man in Wolverhampton, and a 37-year-old woman in Burntwood, Staffordshire.
All four were taken to a police station in Staffordshire for questioning.
A 23-year-woman was arrested at the Wolverhampton address on suspicion of obstructing police and assaulting an officer and taken to a police station in the West Midlands.
Culinary experts in The Netherlands thought it was 'fresh' and 'tasty'
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
- 1 Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 NHS staff banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it looks like they're not working hard enough