Marksman loses licence to shoot badgers after leaving bullets behind
A marksman who left a box of bullets at a badger cull site in Gloucestershire has had his licence to shoot the animals revoked.
Gloucestershire police were called to investigate after a box containing 16 cartridges of live ammunition was found by anti-cull protesters in Tirley.
And in a statement released today, Gloucestershire police said: “Following the discovery of a box containing 16 cartridges of live ammunition, officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary have identified the person responsible.
“He has now been spoken to about the incident and the variation that allows him to use a particular firearm to shoot badgers has been removed from his licence.”
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There is no specific criminal offence in relation to leaving ammunition as it is a licensing issue only.
The four people arrested overnight on Thursday/Friday as part of Operation Themis have now been released from police custody.
The 37-year-old Coventry woman who was arrested on suspicion of breaching an injunction has been bailed (with a condition not to go within 20 miles of Newent) to appear in court next month.
The 44-year-old woman and 14-year-old girl from Didcot and a 25-year-old man of no fixed abode who were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass have been released on police bail pending further investigations.