Retrial for animal rights activist

An animal rights campaigner from Northampton accused of plotting arson attacks on Oxford University will face a new trial this month.

Mel Broughton, 48, of Semilong Road, Northampton, faces a retrial at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday, January 20, after a jury was unable to decide if he was involved in an arson attack at Queen's College sports pavilion and an attempted firebomb attack at Templeton College.

The jury cleared him of keeping an explosive substance with intent.

Broughton denies conspiracy to commit arson and possessing an article with intent to destroy or damage property.