Foot and Mouth: (British) Army to help clear carcasses

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FOOT-AND-MOUTH: ARMY TO HELP CLEAR CARCASSES

23:47 Monday 19 March 2001

http://www.lineone.net/newswire/cgi-bin/newswire.cgi/skynews/uk/story/2001/3/c--2001-3-19-1n42.html

The Army are to be deployed in Devon to help clear the bodies of animals culled to combat the spread of foot-and-mouth.

Fifty two-man teams will start work at sites across the county, backed up by a 30-strong planning team based in Exeter.

The objective is to help clear a backlog of slaughtered animals.

The men will be drawn from the Preston-based Prince of Wales's Own Regiment, and from The 3rd Regiment Royal Military Police, based in Wiltshire.

The Ministry of Defence said the Army personnel, including experts in logistics and a range of other areas, would supervise and offer advice to civilian contractors who are culling animals and removing carcasses for destruction.

With similar backlogs building up in Cumbria, it is likely that personnel from the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment will also be deployed there, as early as tomorrow (Tuesday).

Ananova

-- Swissrose (cellier3@mindspring.com), March 20, 2001


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