Glos Police issue statement on badger cull

Gloucestershire Police have issued a statement in response to people's concerns about the policing of the planned badger cull in the county.

We have been informed of Defra’s decision to issue a licence for a pilot cull of badgers to go ahead in Gloucestershire at any point from 1 June 2013.

We wish to make it clear that we are not responsible for the cull itself. It is a Defra-managed issue under licence from Natural England and it will be up to them to determine the timing of it.

Policing will be neutral and independent of any cull. We will deliver our statutory responsibilities which include dealing with any incidents of crime and disorder and ensuring that anyone who wishes to protest peacefully and lawfully is able to do so.

– Assistant Chief Constable Richard Berry, Gloucestershire Police

The statement continues:

For operational reasons, we will not go into details of our plans but we would like people in Gloucestershire to be reassured that we will continue to deliver an effective local policing service before, during and after the proposed cull.

At this stage, it is not possible or appropriate to put a figure on any costs of policing for the proposed cull but we have been told that any additional policing costs will be met by the Home Office.

– Assistant Chief Constable Richard Berry, Gloucestershire Police