A prominent animal rights campaigner has vowed to take legal action against the police after spending nine months on bail in connection with the theft of a pensioner's body from a graveyard.
John Curtin, aged 42, said he was angry that he had been arrested by Staffordshire Police in connection with the desecration of the burial plot of Gladys Hammond, whose remains were stolen under cover of darkness last October.
The crime in Yoxall, Staffordshire, is thought to have been carried out by animal rights extremists due to Mrs Hammond's family connections with a farm in nearby Newchurch, where guinea pigs are bred for medical research.
Mr Curtin, from Hillfields, Coventry, was released from his police bail yesterday and claimed that he had never been presented with any evidence to point towards his involvement in the offence.
He said: "I am really fuming that they have held me on bail for nine months without any evidence.
"I had nothing to do with this offence. I am relieved that it's over, but I will be suing the police."
A Staffordshire Police spokesman confirmed that a 42-year-old man arrested in connection with the desecration of Mrs Gladys Hammond's grave had been released from his bail.
The force said last week four other people arrested in connection with the inquiry had also been released from their bail.
The four - two men aged 35 and 38 from Wolverhampton, a 36-year-old man from Birmingham and a 30-year-old woman from Gloucester - were all arrested in March.
The investigation into the desecration of the grave of Mrs Hammond is continuing and anyone with information is asked to ring the incident room on 01785 218620.