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Lab beefs up defence

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OXFORD Un iversity has gained a tougher injunction against animal rights activists protesting against construction of its controversial new primate research laboratory.

The High Court order increases the exclusion zone around the South Park Road construction site and bans disruptive noise from protesters.

It also bans activists from taking photographs of 'protected persons', including builders on the £18 million facility.

Montpellier was the original contractor on the project but pulled out in July 2004 after threats to shareholders. Construction began again last December ? with the contractors carrying out the work a closely guarded secret.

A spokesman for animal rights group Speak said: 'It's not in the High Court that the fight will be won over whether the laboratory gets built. It will be won out in the streets.'