May leads anti-badger cull walk

Queen guitarist Brian May has joined dozens of anti-badger cull protesters on a night walk through one of the controversial pilot areas. The culling in Gloucestershire and Somerset aims to tackle tuberculosis in cattle by killing 5,000 badgers.

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Policing of cull to be 'independent' and 'impartial'

The operation to police the badger cull pilot reached its full capacity at 8pm this evening, Gloucestershire Police said.

A section of the document laying out Gloucestershire Police's approach to policing the cull Credit: Gloucestershire Police

The force has said that the operation will be "operationally independent, impartial, even-handed and fair to everyone whatever their views, interest or involvement in the pilot scheme".

A document outlining the role of the police says it will mediate between parties if there are any protests as well as "responding to any breach of the peace".

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