Gloucestershire Police increase presence in badger cull area amid rising tensions
5:21pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
FOUR people have been arrested and a box of live ammunition discovered in the last week in the badger cull area as Gloucestershire Police increases its presence amid rising tensions between protestors and marksmen.
As part of Operation Themis, Gloucestershire Police’s response to the badger cull, a 37-year-old Coventry woman was arrested on suspicion of breaching an injunction at around 10.30pm on Thursday, October 3 following reports of excessive noise.
She has since been bailed, with a condition not to go within 20 miles of Newent, and will appear in court next month.
In a separate incident in the Tibberton area shortly before 11.30pm, a 44-year-old woman and 14-year-old girl from Didcot as well as a 25-year-old man of no fixed abode were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass.
They have since been released on police bail pending further investigations.
In addition a box containing 16 cartridges of live ammunition was discovered in a separate incident and Gloucestershire Police identified the person responsible and the variation that allows him to use a particular firearm to shoot badgers has been removed from his licence.
Chief superintendent Gary Thompson said that following more “direct contact” between protesters and marksmen carrying out the cull, the police force were increasing their response.
“The role of the police remains the same – policing will be neutral and independent of any cull and we will deliver our statutory responsibilities to maintain public safety and ensure that everyone - whatever their views, interest or involvement in the pilot badger cull - remains safe and free from fear of harm or intimidation,” he said.
“The increased response is being reviewed on a daily basis to ensure that we continue to help ensure public safety.”
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