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ABPI: extremist attacks fall

1st February 2006

Research by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has found attacks by animal rights extremists have fallen but their ferocity has increased.

Over 2005 there were 85 cases of damage to property, compared with 177 in 2004, and in the last three months of the year there were only ten instances reported, while the number of abusive or threatening messages has plummeted by almost a third.

ABPI director of science and technology Dr Philip Wright said: “While the figures are undoubtedly encouraging, there is still some way to go.

“The number of incidents has reduced dramatically, but 85 instances of criminal damage during the year is still 85 instances too many.”

He added: “However, I am very hopeful that sustained government commitment, the recognition by the courts of the severity of the crimes, and the provisions of the Serious Organised Crime Act, which came into effect halfway through last year, will combine to reduce the amount of criminal activity still further.”

However, there has been a major increase in the number of aggressive attacks.

Dr Wright said: “Eight incendiary devices, coupled with the fact that there were also six attacks on people causing injury, is a worrying development.

“In some ways, it shows how successfully the extremists have been blocked from other forms of illegal activity, but violent attacks on individuals is an appalling way of trying to frighten people from carrying out their legitimate business of helping research and develop new medicines.”

Protests outside people’s homes also fell during 2005, with only 57 such visits, compared with 179 in 2004.

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