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7 January 2005


Peter Willes, a director of Willes Farming Ltd, was given a 12 month conditional discharge yesterday after pleading guilty to veterinary medicines offences. He was also ordered to pay costs of 4,000.

The case, at Barnstaple Magistrates Court, followed a joint investigation between the Veterinary Medicines Directorate VMD (an executive agency of Defra) and the Republic of Ireland's Department of Agriculture

A number of illegal veterinary medicines were seized from Sedborough Farm, near Bideford, Devon, following a visit to the premises in August 2003. All the medicines were antibiotics to be administered by injection and weren't authorised in the UK for administration to animals. They had been bought from the Irish Republic.

All veterinary medicines in the UK must be assessed by the VMD to ensure their safety, quality and efficacy. It is an offence to administer any medicinal product which has not been authorised for use.

Mr Willes faced four separate charges each relating to a different medicine. The charges were made under Regulations 3 and 7 of the Medicines (Restriction on the Administration of Veterinary Medicinal Products) Regulations 1994 (as amended).



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