AN ACTIVIST has been awarded the title of animal welfare campaigner of the year.

Mark Johnson, 41, of Abbots Field, Gravesend, was presented with his certificate by a representative of Compassion in World Farming at a ceremony last Saturday.

Mr Johnson, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, is a regular on local radio, which he uses to raise awareness of the conditions in which livestock are exported. He organises demonstrations at Dover port, with the next protest planned for Saturday.

Mr Johnson was nominated for the award by the campaign team girls at Compassion in World Farming's headquarters.

He said: "It is nice to receive recognition for my work."