Highlands & Islands

Norman Campbell from Lewis denies illegal slaughterhouse claims

A 24-year-old man from Arnol on Lewis has been accused of operating a slaughterhouse in a barn on his family's croft as a business.

Norman Campbell is charged with breaking food hygiene regulations.

Stornoway Sheriff Court heard that the Scottish SPCA, acting on a tip-off, found 32 carcasses and 77 sheep heads at the property in November 2011.

Mr Campbell denies running a slaughtering business and maintains the meat was for his family's consumption.

He has pleaded not guilty to seven charges.

Four of the charges are under the food hygiene act and three under the prevention of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies regulations.

Colm Fraser, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's head of environmental health, told the court he was convinced that such a volume of meat could not be for personal consumption.

He added that the premises was a long way from being compliant with food safety regulations.

The trial continues.

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