pounds 10,000 animal rights award

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The Independent Online
A 53-year-old woman will be awarded pounds 10,000 damages today by Kent police in the latest payout against animal rights' demonstrators arrested while trying to stop live exports to Europe. Angela Petro is being paid the money plus legal expenses after claiming officers unlawfully arrested and imprisoned her on three occasions, stripped searched her, and damaged her wrists.

David Phillips, the Chief Constable of Kent, has denied the allegations but agreed to the award. The police face at least a further dozen claims for damage, having already paid small sums of pounds 900 to pounds 2,500 to at least three animal welfare protesters.