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Animal rights activist ‘Mumsy’, 64, is banned from going to greyhound track for five years

Animal rights activist ‘Mumsy’, 64, who was jailed for relentless campaign of ‘violence and terror’ is banned from going to greyhound track for five years after holding protest outside stadium despite order

  • Sarah Whitehead was jailed for six years in 2010 for ‘terror’ against research firm
  • The 64-year-old has now been banned from near a greyhound stadium in Hove
  • Whitehead, of Uckfield, East Sussex, was slapped with Criminal Behaviour Order
  • It comes after she attended an animal rights protest outside the stadium in 2019

Sarah Whitehead, 64, was previously jailed for six years in 2010 for her role in a relentless strategy of ‘violence and terror’ against companies and people linked to research firm Huntingdon Life Sciences

A notorious animal rights activist has been banned from going near a greyhound racing stadium for five years following a series of protests.

Sarah Whitehead, 64, was previously jailed for six years in 2010 for her role in a relentless strategy of ‘violence and terror’ against companies and people linked to research firm Huntingdon Life Sciences.

Now Whitehead – known to other activists as ‘Mumsy’ – has been banned from an area near the Coral Greyhound Stadium in Hove, East Sussex, after breaching the conditions of a Community Protection Notice.

Whitehead, of Uckfield, East Sussex, was slapped with a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) by Brighton Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday.

It comes after she attended an animal rights protest outside the stadium in December 2019 where she was issued with a Community Protection Warning.

Whitehead breached that order and was then given a Community Protection Notice, which she also breached a week later, resulting in her arrest.

Now Whitehead - known to other activists as 'Mumsy' - has been banned from an area near the Coral Greyhound Stadium in Hove, East Sussex (pictured), after breaching the conditions of a Community Protection Notice

Now Whitehead – known to other activists as ‘Mumsy’ – has been banned from an area near the Coral Greyhound Stadium in Hove, East Sussex (pictured), after breaching the conditions of a Community Protection Notice

The conditions of the CBO, which was imposed on July 20, and lasts for five years, ban her from entering at any time a defined area around the dog track.

Whitehead was one of five leading members of notorious animal rights group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) jailed in 2010.

Their campaign involved posting hoax bombs to homes and offices, making threats of violence, daubing abusive graffiti and sending used tampons in the post.

Sentencing the activists in October 2010, the Recorder of Winchester, Judge Keith Cutler, said the campaign had been ‘synonymous with intimidation, violence and terror’.

He told them: ‘The action was taken in order to distress and terrify, and in that you were successful.’

The court heard they targeted firms which supplied Cambrige-based Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) with the aim of closing the firm’s animal testing lab.

Some company directors had leaflets distributed near their homes falsely telling neighbours they were convicted paedophiles while others received tampons in the post with messages claiming the blood was HIV positive.

Whitehead admitted conspiracy to blackmail companies and suppliers linked to HLS between 2001 and 2008.

Jailing Whitehead, Judge Cutler said she led the younger members on and corrupted them. She had carried out up to five direct attacks in a night.

A ‘long-term campaigner and trusted insider’ within the conspiracy, he said she had not shown remorse and would be likely to offend again.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: ‘A woman has been banned from an area of Hove near Coral Greyhound Stadium after breaching the conditions of a Community Protection Notice.

‘Sarah Whitehead, of Westmoreland Court, Uckfield, West Sussex was handed a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) at Brighton Magistrates’ Court.

‘It comes after she was issued with a Community Protection Warning for anti-social and abusive behaviour at an animal rights protest outside the stadium in December 2019.

‘She breached this by displaying similar behaviour at further protests and was then given a Community Protection Notice, which she also breached a week later resulting in her arrest.

‘In December 2020, she was convicted of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress. The CBO came into place on Tuesday and lasts for five years.’ 

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