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Will Young handcuffs himself to dog farm during protest

Singer Will Young has handcuffed himself to the doors of a puppy farm in support of ‘Camp Beagle’.

The Pop Idol star, who attended Exeter University before rising to fame by winning Pop Idol in 2002, was pictured sitting outside the Cambridgeshire facility today (November 16) while holding a banner that says “Cambridgeshire famous for Beagle torture thanks to MBR”.

Police attended the scene and after speaking to the singer, he removed the handcuffs and joined another group of activists.

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After the photo was posted on Camp Beagle’s social media – which campaigns against the use of dog breeding – Facebook users have since called him a ‘hero’ and ‘legend’ for his actions .

One person wrote: “Good man, come on, other celebs with compassion join in – it would soon get the mass attention it deserves.”

Another also said: “Awesome! What a legend!”

A third person added, “Thank you @willyoung for all you do for animals.”

A fourth wrote: “I have serious respect for him as a compassionate human being ready to take a stand to end the brutal and absolutely unnecessary torture of kind and sensitive animals.

“I take my hat off to you Mr Young.”

Video posted to the Camp Beagle Facebook post shows other protesters at the Huntingdon facility joining Will Young in the fight against animal abuse.

Other banners at the protest say such things as “Gates Of Hell” and “Shut Down MBR Acres”.

Camp Beagle says up to 2,000 beagles are kept at MBR Acres, before being shipped out in crates when they are 16 weeks old.

MBR Acres is owned by Marshall BioResources, a global supplier of biomedical research animals for decades.

CambridgeshireLive reports that they do not dispute the details of Stop Animal Cruelty Huntingdon – including that puppies are trained to accept a gas mask over their face and present their paw for injections – and have accepted “continued public interest in its business activities”.

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Clydebank kennel and poultry farm to be converted into new homes

At least three new homes could be developed on a Clydebank site historically used as a kennel and poultry farm.

A pre-planning application has been approved by members of West Dunbartonshire Council’s planning committee for the residential development on the grassland next to No.8 Cochno Holdings.

A supporting statement made to the local authority says the site could accommodate up to three or four homes, which would include vehicular access to the site from Cochno Road.

So far, 11 opponents have raised concerns that the application was not in line with the local development plan.

They also say there would be an impact on road safety and residential amenities and that new homes are not needed in the area.

At Wednesday’s planning committee, Housing Organizing Councilor Diane Docherty, filed a motion to deny the request.

She said: “The proposed development would be contrary to the policy which restricts development on the green belt, which would have a negative effect on the character of the landscape.

“The use of the adjacent land for a new access road is considered unacceptable and I agree with the comments that have been made here about this constant small foray into these types of landscapes.

“People say it’s good because it’s only two or three houses but who will be the next to develop two or three houses?”

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While advisers agreed with her, some still wanted to see a full application before making their final decision.

SNP adviser Ian Dixon said: “I am prepared to approve this request in principle. Comments and concerns about privacy are a red herring at this point.

“They can just put a little bungalow here for all we know and that would be dealt with in a full application and I’m happy to see that at a later date.”

Following a roll-call vote, the majority of councilors agreed to approve the request. A full application will now be presented to the committee in due course.

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