Police forces have claimed tens of thousands of pounds for planning security around badger culls in the South West which were laterpostponed.
The plans aimed to prevent potential clashes between animal rights activists and licensed gunmen during the trial culls in Gloucestershire and West Somerset. But the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) postponed the plans until next summer due to there being more badgers than first estimated.
It's thought this will cost the taxpayer 80 thousand pounds.
– Damian Green, Home Office Minister
The police forces have made special grant applications in respect of the planning costs incurred by them before the cull was postponed.
We have received claims from two of the four police forces that were involved in the planning process. The claims total £80,000.
These claims are currently being considered by the Home Office, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Defra and a decision willbe made in due course.