People were also urged not to panic amid a new foot-and-mouth outbreak. Ministers said there was no risk to food safety, but farmers faced financial ruin following the discovery of the highly infectious disease in pigs at an abattoir in Essex. Tourism and the rural economy would suffer losses of up to £5 billion.
51 Years Ago (1972)
An IRA car bomb outside Aldershot barracks in Hampshire killed seven and injured 19.
The 280lb device targeted the headquarters of the British Army’s 16th Parachute Brigade, but those who died were all civilians, mainly women employed as cleaners.
26 years ago (1997)
Scientists at Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute revealed the birth of Dolly the Sheep, the world’s first successfully cloned mammal.
Dolly’s arrival infuriated animal rights organizations, while the Church of Scotland expressed reservations about the process. Dolly was put down in 2003 after she developed lung disease.