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Government to pay cost of policing badger cull in Gloucestershire

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Written by:   | Posted 18-March-2013 8:22

The full cost of policing the badger cull in Gloucestershire will be covered by Whitehall.

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martin Surl has been reassured that the constabulary will not be left out of pocket.

The shooting of almost 5,000 badgers is expected to start in June and cost the force millions of ponds.

Police are said to be bracing themselves for a “security nightmare” and to have told the Government private security companies will be needed to stop the culls being overrun by animal rights activists.

According to a report in The Times, a source close to Gloucestershire Constabulary said: “We welcome this like a hole in the head”.

Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (Gabs) is organising a peaceful protest walk at Highnam Woods on April 1.

Member Jeanne Berry said police were right to be prepared.

“We will be peacefully protesting the culls this summer,” she said.

“But there is a lot of interest in this issue and there will be people coming from outside Gloucestershire and there may be an element of rabble rousers.”

Figures released by Defra in October show the police’s bill for policing the cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset was an estimated £4 million over four years.

Mr Surl raised the issue with Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green.

Mr Surl said: “He assured me the constabulary would be fully reimbursed for the cost of the cull.

“My concern is not how they will police it as that is an operational matter but that they will do it in a fair and equitable manner without expressing a view on it.”

Police are still waiting to hear if they will get back £64,000 spent preparing for the postponed culls.

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