'Fireworks set off by cull operators'
PROTESTERS against the shooting of badgers are to make a formal complaint to police after "fireworks" were set off by cull operators".
Officers were called to Tibberton at about 12.30am on Tuesday after reports by campaigners that they were being shot at by badger cull operators. After an investigation, they said fireworks had been set off by the marksmen.
A spokesman said: "Gloucestershire police has established that fireworks were set off by the cull operators.
"There was no firearms operation taking place in that area at that time."
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Campaign group Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (GABS) is now asking police officers to better protect its wounded badger patrols.
A spokesman for the group, which said it keeps to public footpaths, said they have faced 'increasing intimidation' and were disappointed the police had not taken the matter further.
A spokesman for the NFU insisted fireworks were not set off by shooters.