OWNERS of a County Durham animal sanctuary are in the process of being evicted from their farm.

Bailiffs working for Redstone Mortgages Ltd arrived at the Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary at around noon today to evict Paula Campbell, who has run the sanctuary at Milkup Bank Farm in Willington for around 15 years.

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Paula Campbell talks to bailiffs who are trying to enter the property

Eight protestors, including one in a chicken suit, set up a blockade at the main gate with a van and Land Rover.

Durham Police are also in attendance to monitor the situation and keep the peace.