Animal rights protesters guilty of "economic damage" to research laboratories or their suppliers will face up to five years in jail, under new legislation being introduced by the government today.

After years of mounting campaigns, most notably against Huntingdon Life Sciences and a new research facility at Oxford University, a series of new powers first mentioned in the Queen's speech will enable the police to ban demonstrators from specific properties for three months.
In addition, a new offence of "economic damage" through campaign of intimidation will be added to the serious organised crime and police bill in the Commons.

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