The Northumberland County Council has brought six charges against two pig farmers thought to be responsible for the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Britain.

Failure to notify authorities that they had discovered FMD on their farm is just one of the charges brothers Bobby and Ronnie Waugh face. Ministry of Agriculture officials have identified the Waugh pig farm as the probable source of the FMD outbreak in Britain.

However, Bobby Waugh denies the charges and has vowed to clear his name.

In other foot-and-mouth news, 13 new FMD cases were confirmed in Britain on Saturday. Nine were in the Settle and Clitheroe areas, the latest hotspots in the battle against the disease. That brings the total number of sites with confirmed cases of FMD in the United Kingdom to 1,691.

BBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation