Four people arrested in Gloucestershire badger cull zone early today
FOUR people were arrested early this morning, believed to be in relation to trespassing during a badger cull protest.
Police officers were called to Forthampton around 2am today, after reports of horns being blown and people “straying” from a public foot path.
A spokesman for the police said the four people had refused to give officers their details, although they relented a while later and were “de-arrested”.
Investigations were carried out in Forthampton earlier this year after campaigners complained setts in the area were filled in before the cull started.
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The joint investigation between Natural England, West Mercia Police and Gloucestershire Police started in April.
Forthampton Estate covers about 3,000 acres, around three per cent of the cull zone in Gloucestershire.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: “Four people were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and refused to give officers their details.
"A short while later they responded to the officer’s request for their information and were de-arrested at the scene. They were not taken to custody."
Gloucestershire Police is carrying out Operation Themis, its response to the badger cull.
A statement from the police read: "The operation is aimed at keeping all our communities safe and feeling safe, dealing 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."