Police ready as badger cull set to begin
Protesters, activists and police are on standby as badger cull is set to begin tonight.
Farmers fear militant protesters will descend on the county and Somerset, where more than 5,000 badgers are due to be shot over two months.
It comes as activists said this weekend they would make the cull "impossible" by using military-style tactics.
The National Farmers Union was granted injunction on Thursday restricting the movement of protesters after it claimed farmers had been subject to harassment and intimidation.
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It means campaigners are banned from going within 100 yards of farmers' homes and 25 yards from their businesses and from making excessive noise or preventing people entering and leaving the sites.
Jay Tiernan, who speaks on behalf of the Stop the Cull group, said around 100 people will be patrolling the cull zones in Gloucestershire and Somerset every night.
It is thought the cull could start tonight.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire Constabulary said today: "The proposed pilot badger cull is managed by Natural England under license from DEFRA. In Gloucestershire, the cull will be undertaken by a private operating company.
"It will be up to them to determine where and when it starts.
"Gloucestershire Constabulary has been planning its response to the cull since it was first announced.
"This response - Operation Themis - is aimed at keeping all our communities safe and feeling safe, dealing with any with any incidents of crime and public disorder and facilitating people's rights to protest. Our role will to be operationally independent, impartial, even-handed and fair to everyone whatever their views, interest or involvement in the pilot scheme.
"Our operation is not yet activated. However, due to recent media and social media speculation, there has been some concern in local communities.
"As a result, we will be deploying a proportionate policing response in Gloucestershire over the Bank Holiday weekend to provide reassurance to those communities and minimise any potential disruption to their lives. This is in keeping with our commitment to deliver an effective local policing service before, during and after the proposed cull."