More charges laid over vegan protests

More charges laid over vegan protests across South East Queensland


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Police officers from the Darling Downs, Moreton, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast have worked with detectives from the Major and Organised Crime Squad to make arrests over agricultural protests.

Police officers from the Darling Downs, Moreton, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast have worked with detectives from the Major and Organised Crime Squad to make arrests over agricultural protests.

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Further charges have been laid over vegan protests across the South East corner.

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FURTHER charges have been laid over vegan protests across the South East corner with police to track down further offenders.

Another eight people have been charged over a vegan protest at the Carey Brothers abattoir at Yangan, while two women have been charged over an incident at a Goombungee dairy.

Detectives from the Major and Organised Crime Squad have been working together with officers from the Darling Downs, Moreton, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast following the trespassing incidents at the Carey Brothers abattoir on April 5 and Lemontree Feedlot, Millmerran, on March 23.

A 29-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, both from Margate, allegedly the main organisers of the Lemontree Feedlot protest, were charged on April 5 with unlawfully entering farming land.

A further eight people have since been charged with one count each of entering farming land for their alleged involvement in this incident.

All are due to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on various dates.

A total of 19 people have now been charged after entering the Carey Brothers abattoir. After 11 people were initially charged on 18 charges, including unlawfully entering farming land and drug offences, a further eight have since been charged with one count each of unlawfully entering farming land.

The 19 people are due to appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on various dates in the next several weeks.

Meanwhile, two Brisbane women have been charged after being found unlawfully entering a Goombungee dairy on April 13 and are due to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on May 9.

Major and Organised Crime (Rural) southern area coordinator acting Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Jackson said all bar two interstate alleged offenders from the Carey Brothers incident have been tracked down.

"All offenders that resided in Queensland are now before the courts," he said.

Police are still looking at footage from the Lemontree Feedlot incident in a bid to identify and charge further people involved.

Detective Sr Sgt Jackson said the rural community and livestock industry had worked closely with police.

"We've been supported by Sydney detectives and the Major and Organised Crime squad has worked tirelessly around the clock to make sure every offender faces court," he said.

"Everyone has the right to protest and protest in a legal manner.

"Entering farming land or a business to protest is unlawful and if anyone does they will be tracked down and put before a court."

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