Man held over badger cull assault claim

Police are quizzing a man on suspicion of assault following an argument between two groups during the pilot badger culls in Gloucestershire.

The 38-year-old man from the Gloucester area was arrested on suspicion of common assault in the Tirley area of the cull zone on Thursday (26 September).

Gloucestershire Police said the arrest followed a disagreement between two groups, but they have not confirmed who was involved. No one was seriously hurt.

The six-week pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire are due to finish in around a fortnight.

DEFRA has refused to confirm how many badgers have been culled by marksmen who are aiming to kill a total of 5,000 badgers across both zones in a bid to curb bovine TB.

A independent report will be released after the pilots which will determine whether the culls will be rolled out more widely across the country.

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