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[27 APR 00] CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Woman Charged After Germaine Greer Held

Warwick University professor Germaine Greer is recovering after allegedly being held against her will at her home in Essex.

A 19-year-old female student has been arrested following the incident at the 500,000 house in Saffron Walden on Monday night.

The woman, who has not been named, has been bailed to appear before magistrates in Harlow on 4 May

She has been charged with unlawful imprisonment and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Ms Greer is professor of comparitive literature at Warwick University. It is her second stint at the university and she rose to international prominence in 1970 when she published the Female Eunuch.

In a column written for this Saturday's Weekend section of the Daily Telegraph after the alleged attack, Ms Greer talks of her feelings towards strangers.

She wrote:

"I have no signs saying 'Private Property' or 'Keep Out' or 'Trespassers will be prosecuted', but the mad glint in my eyes is meant to speak volumes.

"I am as territorial as a robin, who will drill his beak into the skull of any interloper robin who wanders on to his patch."

In 1994 she invited homeless people to come and stay in her farmhouse, but the first person to take up the request was an undercover Mail on Sunday reporter who wrote a diary of his three day experience.
    
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