Animal rights protesters target circus

ANIMAL RIGHTS ... protesters outside the Bobby Roberts Circus at Whitburn.

ANIMAL RIGHTS ... protesters outside the Bobby Roberts Circus at Whitburn.

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PROTESTERS braved terrible weather to demonstrate outside the Bobby Roberts circus last night.

The big top show, whose owners Bobby and Moira Roberts face charges of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, is at Wheathall Farm in Whitburn.

A small group from Northern Animal Rights waved placards and a banner and handed out leaflets.

One used a megaphone to try to persuade people to boycott the circus.

A spokeswoman for the group said: “We are here to send a message that we will not tolerate animal cruelty.”

In 2010, there was anger when a video was released that showed their elephant, Anne, who has since retired, allegedly being beaten by one of the circus grooms.

In June, the Roberts will go on trial accused of causing unnecessary suffering to the elephant.

One woman, who arrived with her children, decided not to see the show.

She said: “These people wouldn’t all be here if there weren’t serious issues.”