Cost of policing badger culls more than double initial estimates

The badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset had to be policed to ensure the safety of everyone involved as well as protestors Photo: ITV News West Country

It's been revealed just how much it cost to police the badger cull by Gloucestershire, and Avon and Somerset Police.

The Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner says the bill there is £1.7 million pound, or £18,000 pounds per badger killed.

Gloucestershire PCC, Martin Surl: "The police kept the county safe & allowed protest. That's the cost of policing a national event." Credit: ITV News West Country

Campaigners say the total cost could be about £7 million. But the Government says the country is dealing with the higher costs of the impact of TB in cattle.

Jane Solomons reports:-