Willington animal sanctuary owner arrested during attempt to take back farm

Paula Campbell, centre, back at the Rainbow Ark with other supporters and security staff

Paula Campbell, centre, back at the Rainbow Ark with other supporters and security staff

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AN evicted animal sanctuary owner has been arrested on suspicion of assault during an attempt to re-take her County Durham farm.

Paula Campbell, her daughter Jayne and four other supporters returned to Milkup Bank in Willington, County Durham, this afternoon (February 5) claiming that their original eviction was unlawful.

Supporter Jonathan Proctor met security staff at the gate of the farm and declared they were trespassing at the Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary.

But staff acting on behalf of Redstone Mortgage Company, who repossessed the farm last Wednesday, said their court order was a lawful declaration and called police.

Ms Campbell, 47, and another 18-year-old male supporter were arrested and taken to Bishop Auckland Police Station shortly after 4pm.

Durham Police said both were arrested on suspicion of common assault which The Northern Echo understands relates to one of the security staff.

Ms Campbell had earlier claimed she had been grabbed by the wrist by one of the security staff.

Speaking earlier in the afternoon, Ms Campbell said: “I know what has happened is not right, it is illegal.

“I’m not just challenging this for me now, I am doing this for anybody else who finds themselves in the same position.

“I will not let this lie.”

Redstone Mortgage Company took over the farm as Ms Campbell owed thousands of pounds on her mortgage.

Ms Campbell claimed that the repossession order approved by a civil court in 2008 was now out of date and therefore unlawful.

But a spokeswoman for Redstone Mortgage said the order was valid and had been enacted as a last resort.

The spokeswoman said: “The eviction was very much a last resort for Redstone. However, over the course of the past seven years, Ms Campbell has consistently shown that she cannot afford her mortgage.

“Ms Campbell had sufficient notice of the eviction date.

“Both the Court and Redstone also gave Ms Campbell ample opportunity to make arrangements to leave the property.”

Ms Campbell has also raised concerns about the way more than 300 animals have been treated at the farm since her eviction, calling their living state “disgusting”.

But the RSPCA said they are satisfied with the way the animals are being looked after, although they have taken a cat and two horses away as part of a welfare investigation.

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7:05pm Wed 5 Feb 14

rat man says...

She is clearly not getting( or heeding) proper legal advice, otherwise should would have been told that challenges to Court Orders have to be made in Court, and not at the farm gate!
She is clearly not getting( or heeding) proper legal advice, otherwise should would have been told that challenges to Court Orders have to be made in Court, and not at the farm gate! rat man
  • Score: 35

7:46pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Poochie pie says...

In the meantime RA are insisting that the animals are still only there 7 days onbecause redstone are being obstructive.
Now whilst Ms. Campbell is in custody who is arranging thec rehoming of these poor animals? This afternoon RA were saying everything was moving forward......clearly not!
This whole thing has been a complete shambles from the very start.
There must be a legal way to get these animals seized and removed on the grounds that it is not in their best interests to remain there. They are living breathing sentient beings, not furniture!
In the meantime RA are insisting that the animals are still only there 7 days onbecause redstone are being obstructive. Now whilst Ms. Campbell is in custody who is arranging thec rehoming of these poor animals? This afternoon RA were saying everything was moving forward......clearly not! This whole thing has been a complete shambles from the very start. There must be a legal way to get these animals seized and removed on the grounds that it is not in their best interests to remain there. They are living breathing sentient beings, not furniture! Poochie pie
  • Score: 29

7:49pm Wed 5 Feb 14

bigstan80 says...

RIP animals your owner has signed your death warrant. She can clearly organise your release to other safe places from a cell. This is a criminal matter now and not a civil one. The Judge will not look favourably on this. We will get justice for every animal there promise. Redstone are doing there job legally and the animal minders are doing theres so who is paying for the feed? Certainly isnt the 42k fund that is sitting dormant in a bank account.
RIP animals your owner has signed your death warrant. She can clearly organise your release to other safe places from a cell. This is a criminal matter now and not a civil one. The Judge will not look favourably on this. We will get justice for every animal there promise. Redstone are doing there job legally and the animal minders are doing theres so who is paying for the feed? Certainly isnt the 42k fund that is sitting dormant in a bank account. bigstan80
  • Score: 25

9:28pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Lilithmoon says...

she's right it is invalid. The farm was taken unlawfully. I doubt they will be keeping her in, she will be released and continue to sort out the legal issues over getting the animals removed and then fighting to get her home back, with the support of the majority of people who continue to back her.
she's right it is invalid. The farm was taken unlawfully. I doubt they will be keeping her in, she will be released and continue to sort out the legal issues over getting the animals removed and then fighting to get her home back, with the support of the majority of people who continue to back her. Lilithmoon
  • Score: -31

12:18am Thu 6 Feb 14

theandrexpuppy says...

Jonathan Proctor of the Northern Animal Rights Coalition, interesting he should get involved.

Wonder where the £40k will end up?

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Jonathan Proctor of the Northern Animal Rights Coalition, interesting he should get involved. Wonder where the £40k will end up? http://jonathonproct or.wordpress.com/ theandrexpuppy
  • Score: 14

8:04am Thu 6 Feb 14

Ally F says...

Ms Campbell is clearly of unsound mind and needs to be given the appropriate counselling and care. The future of Rainbow Ark and the remaining animals there is now a legal matter which has been taken out of her hands.

Here is a very good case lesson why you should not donate money to private individuals' causes, however seemingly well intentioned.
Ms Campbell is clearly of unsound mind and needs to be given the appropriate counselling and care. The future of Rainbow Ark and the remaining animals there is now a legal matter which has been taken out of her hands. Here is a very good case lesson why you should not donate money to private individuals' causes, however seemingly well intentioned. Ally F
  • Score: 15

3:26pm Thu 6 Feb 14

little miss me says...

I'm sorry but if I had been having problems repaying my mortgage for a decade and had a repossession order in place on the property since 2008 and failed to repay any other repayment plan in place the bailiffs would've been knocking on my door years ago to get me out. She had plenty of warning to move out and for other similar animal sancturies to be contacted for help with rehoming. Why hasn't she used the £40, 000 plus raised over the last week or the other £17500 left to her by some beneficiary or however much else has been raised to come to some agreement with the Courts and mortgagees in possession instead of causing herself all of this ridiculous bother
I'm sorry but if I had been having problems repaying my mortgage for a decade and had a repossession order in place on the property since 2008 and failed to repay any other repayment plan in place the bailiffs would've been knocking on my door years ago to get me out. She had plenty of warning to move out and for other similar animal sancturies to be contacted for help with rehoming. Why hasn't she used the £40, 000 plus raised over the last week or the other £17500 left to her by some beneficiary or however much else has been raised to come to some agreement with the Courts and mortgagees in possession instead of causing herself all of this ridiculous bother little miss me
  • Score: 14

3:03pm Fri 7 Feb 14

settheworldonfire says...

little miss me wrote:
I'm sorry but if I had been having problems repaying my mortgage for a decade and had a repossession order in place on the property since 2008 and failed to repay any other repayment plan in place the bailiffs would've been knocking on my door years ago to get me out. She had plenty of warning to move out and for other similar animal sancturies to be contacted for help with rehoming. Why hasn't she used the £40, 000 plus raised over the last week or the other £17500 left to her by some beneficiary or however much else has been raised to come to some agreement with the Courts and mortgagees in possession instead of causing herself all of this ridiculous bother
Because the ways things are looking she has been spending cash left right and center....r.s.p.c.a. takes away animals with possible prosecution looming for her....She does not deserve to have anything given to her...All money raised should be given to another animal sanctuary....
[quote][p][bold]little miss me[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry but if I had been having problems repaying my mortgage for a decade and had a repossession order in place on the property since 2008 and failed to repay any other repayment plan in place the bailiffs would've been knocking on my door years ago to get me out. She had plenty of warning to move out and for other similar animal sancturies to be contacted for help with rehoming. Why hasn't she used the £40, 000 plus raised over the last week or the other £17500 left to her by some beneficiary or however much else has been raised to come to some agreement with the Courts and mortgagees in possession instead of causing herself all of this ridiculous bother[/p][/quote]Because the ways things are looking she has been spending cash left right and center....r.s.p.c.a. takes away animals with possible prosecution looming for her....She does not deserve to have anything given to her...All money raised should be given to another animal sanctuary.... settheworldonfire
  • Score: 11

10:47pm Fri 7 Feb 14

little miss me says...

settheworldonfire wrote:
little miss me wrote:
I'm sorry but if I had been having problems repaying my mortgage for a decade and had a repossession order in place on the property since 2008 and failed to repay any other repayment plan in place the bailiffs would've been knocking on my door years ago to get me out. She had plenty of warning to move out and for other similar animal sancturies to be contacted for help with rehoming. Why hasn't she used the £40, 000 plus raised over the last week or the other £17500 left to her by some beneficiary or however much else has been raised to come to some agreement with the Courts and mortgagees in possession instead of causing herself all of this ridiculous bother
Because the ways things are looking she has been spending cash left right and center....r.s.p.c.a. takes away animals with possible prosecution looming for her....She does not deserve to have anything given to her...All money raised should be given to another animal sanctuary....
Completely agree!!!
[quote][p][bold]settheworldonfire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]little miss me[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry but if I had been having problems repaying my mortgage for a decade and had a repossession order in place on the property since 2008 and failed to repay any other repayment plan in place the bailiffs would've been knocking on my door years ago to get me out. She had plenty of warning to move out and for other similar animal sancturies to be contacted for help with rehoming. Why hasn't she used the £40, 000 plus raised over the last week or the other £17500 left to her by some beneficiary or however much else has been raised to come to some agreement with the Courts and mortgagees in possession instead of causing herself all of this ridiculous bother[/p][/quote]Because the ways things are looking she has been spending cash left right and center....r.s.p.c.a. takes away animals with possible prosecution looming for her....She does not deserve to have anything given to her...All money raised should be given to another animal sanctuary....[/p][/quote]Completely agree!!! little miss me
  • Score: 8

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