American woman, 52, among three arrested over badger cull protests
A WOMAN who flew in to Gloucestershire all the way from Pittsburgh, USA, to protest against badger culling was among three people arrested yesterday.
The 52-year-old jetted in from the Pennsylvania city to take part in the campaign against the pilot cull but was rounded up in Kent's Green near Newent at about 1.45am in the morning.
She spent the rest of the day in custody at Cheltenham Police Station.
Others arrested were a 20-year-old man from Walsall and 26-year-old from South Croyden, Surrey, they were taken to Cheltenham police station.
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Drew Pratten, from campaign group Stop the Cull, has been out on patrols daily in a bid to halt the marksmen.
He said: "The support for our cause has been amazing. We've had people from as far as France and America, and it only goes to show how wrong the cull is.
"There are many levels of protesters, but the work we are doing is definitely worth it.
"There has been a wide range of people from Derbyshire, from Manchester and also from Scotland.
"Somebody drove down miles just to try and make their voice heard about the cull. It goes to show how important this is.
"We are stopping the marksmen, and I'm quite sure the cull is not going very well at the
"I'm not sure they are meeting their targets, but I hope not."
The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it will only release operation reports after the badger cull.
The cull has been taking place in western parts of the county for the last three weeks, with protesters insisting targets for the number of culled badgers are not being reached.
One man, who lives in the hamlet of Kent's Green, said a lot of 4x4 vehicles had been seen at the nearby ancient deserted settlement of Taynton Parva on Wednesday night.
"There has been a lot of police activity," he said. "We have not been officially informed by the police that it's on, but all we have heard is the Land Rovers going up and down at night.
"We don't know if it's police, protesters or badger cullers. I have seen some police at Taynton Parva, and there is only one public footpath that goes across it."
Another Kent's Green resident said she had seen police vehicles near Tibberton church on Wednesday night.
"It's not something you see very often here," she said.
A Defra spokesman said: "We are not commenting on ongoing operational details. A full report will be published once the pilot culls have concluded."
The cull is being carried out by private organisations.