Restrictions on animal movement in the north of England imposed during the foot-and-mouth epidemic were lifted at midnight last night [Thursday], leaving only 4.7% of the restrictions imposed since February still in place. In the largest-ever single reversal of restrictions in an infected area, about 8,500 farms in North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Lancashire and Cumbria will now be able to move sheep and cattle freely. Many of the roadside disinfection points introduced during the epidemic will also be removed.