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Downton actor 'shocked' and 'disgusted' by beagle farm

A beagle farm in east Yorkshire has been given permission to expand and breed thousands of dogs and other animals for experiments.

The site has previously been refused permission by East Riding Council - but that decision has now been overturned by the Secretary of State for Local Government.

It's a decision that has angered campaigners living close to the site who've been fighting against the expansion for more than five years. Here's James Webster's report:

We also spoke to the actor Peter Egan from the ITV series Downton Abbey who said he was 'shocked' and 'disgusted' by the decision.

Ricky Gervais: 'They can't torture the foxes so they'll torture the hounds'

Ricky Gervais has tweeted against the approval of a Beagle farm expansion in Withernsea, comparing it to the recent vote to relax the fox hunting ban.

Ricky Gervais Credit: Press Association

They can't torture the foxes so they'll torture the hounds. Government allows beagles to be bred for testing

– Ricky Gervais

Puppies stolen in Rotherham

Police are asking for your help locating two puppies that are believed to have been stolen from a house in Rotherham.

Between 8pm on Wednesday 1 July and 7am on Tuesday 2 July, it is reported that the two puppies were taken from a cage that was in the back garden of a property in Peter Street, Thurcroft.

The puppies, which are seven-month-old Staffordshire Terrier females, are family pets and this incident has caused considerable distress to the victims.

The family has issued the following short statement: “We are all really upset, these dogs are part of our family.

“My six-year-old and ten-year-old sons are really finding it hard and are crying all the time. We just want our dogs back.”

There are currently no photographs of the puppies available, but if anyone has any information that might help officers, please call 101 quoting incident number 210 of 2 July 2015.

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Beagle farm expansion plans approved

Proposals to expand a beagle farm at Grimston near Withernsea have been approved.

B&K Universal, which owns the site, will develop the existing facility to allow dogs to be bred for medical testing

B&K Universal, which owns the site, wants to develop the existing facility to allow dogs to be bred for medical testing, but campaigners say the testing is unnecessary.

We very much welcome the sensible decision to grant planning permission for our breeding site, based on the merits of the proposals within planning law. However, we are disappointed that it has taken so long for the right outcome to arrive. It has now been almost two years since the application was submitted. We applaud the secretary of state for not being distracted by the misleading arguments of animal rights groups during the Planning Appeal process.

– B&K Universal

Decision expected on beagle farm proposals

A decision is expected today on proposals to expand a beagle farm at Grimston near Withernsea.

B&K Universal, which owns the site, wants to develop the existing facility to allow dogs to be bred for medical testing

B&K Universal, which owns the site, wants to develop the existing facility to allow dogs to be bred for medical testing, but campaigners say increasing testing is unnecessary.

The Minister for Communities and Local Government is to decide whether to approve the plans later today.

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