Security stepped up for NFU conference

Farming leaders will be taking extra security measures after reports that animal rights activists are to demonstrate at the annual National Farmers’ Union conference.

The protests are likely to be aimed at the secretary of state Caroline Spelman, who will be speaking at the conference tomorrow (21 February), and based on opposition to the pilot badger culls to control the problem of bovine TB.

In a letter to delegates, Peter Kendall, president of the NFU, said: “Security will be tight and no protestors will be allowed inside the conference area or anywhere near it. We have taken additional security measures and are in very close contact with the West Midlands Police.”

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