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Animal lab still delayed


OXFORD University has admitted that it still has no idea when work will restart on its controversial new animal research laboratory eight months after the original contractor pulled out of the scheme.

Montpellier subsidiary Walter Lilley withdrew from the £18 million project last July after animal rights protesters threatened the company's staff, shareholders and subcontractors.

And last week the activists pledged to continue their opposition after scientist Sir David Weatherall unveiled a new inquiry into the use of monkeys in medical research.

An Oxford university spokeswoman said: 'There is still nothing happening on the site but we are hopeful of work resuming again shortly.'