Badger cull: Three protesters released without charge

Badgers in the wild About 5,000 badgers are to be shot during the six-week pilot cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset

Three people believed to be badger cull protesters who were arrested in Gloucestershire have been released without charge.

A woman, aged 52, from the United States, was detained by officers along with a 20-year-old man from Walsall and another woman, 26, from Croydon.

They were arrested on 19 September on suspicion of aggravated trespass.

Four other people were arrested and bailed on suspicion of theft and aggravated trespass earlier this month.

About 5,000 badgers are to be shot in a six-week pilot in Gloucestershire and Somerset in a bid to curb bovine TB.

Defra will not confirm how many badgers have been shot so far during the pilot.

Those against the cull argue shooting badgers is "inhumane" and will be ineffective.

The government says it is vital to control to spread of the disease.

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