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Badger Trust granted judicial review into cull

Protestors have won a a judicial review into the badger cull Credit: ITV News West Country

Anti badger cull campaigners have won a legal battle against the Government as they attempt to prevent the cull resuming this year.

A judge has granted the Badger Trust permission for a Judicial Review in the High Court into the continuation of the cull in England.

The test case will challenge DEFRA, Secretary of State Owen Paterson and Natural England claiming they have failed to put in place any Independent Expert Panel for the planned culling of badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset in 2014.

The Trust says: "Without this, there can be no proper assessment of the safety, effectiveness and humaneness of the culling operation, something that would be needed before any lawful decision to continue with further culls around the country."