Badger cull injunction breach case dropped

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Image caption The injunction was aimed at protecting farmers involved in the cull from intimidation and harassment

The case against the only person accused of breaching last year's badger cull injunction has been dropped.

Cathy Scott, 38, of Pepys Corner, Tile Hill, Coventry was accused of breaching a High Court injunction taken out by the National Farmers' Union (NFU).

The injunction banned protesters from using torches near the cull zone or from protesting near the homes of anyone involved.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charge had now been dropped.

Ms Scott was alleged to have entered a field in the cull zone at Tibberton, near Newent, Gloucestershire, on 3 October, while shouting and waving a torch.

She said she was "delighted" and "happy" with the decision, and denied she had breached the injunction.

"I didn't do anything wrong, anyway," she said.

The injunction, obtained by the NFU last August, was aimed at protecting farmers involved in the cull from intimidation and harassment from protesters.

It ruled no protest was allowed to take place within 100m of homes, and within 25m of businesses, of anyone involved in the cull.

It also banned the use of torches, candles, LED lights and camera flashes near the cull zone.

The pilots, which aimed to prove that TB in cattle populations could be controlled effectively by shooting badgers, took place in Gloucestershire and Somerset last autumn.

The target for marksmen was to kill at least 70% of badgers in the cull areas within a six-week period.

Government ministers and the NFU believe culling badgers will curb TB in cattle.

Opponents say shooting the animals is not a good way to control TB.

Further culls in the two counties are due to take place later this year.

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