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Police issue statement about the badger cull
POLICE dealing with the planned six-week badger cull have deployed some officers in Gloucestershire over the Bank Holiday weekend.
In a statement, Gloucestershire police said that despite its operation not yet being active, they are deploying officers "to provide reassurance to those communities and minimise any potential disruption to their lives."
The controversial cull, aimed at tackling tuberculosis (TB) in cattle, was given the green light by Defra and was set to go ahead any time from June 1.
Last week The Guardian reported that the cull was set to start today according to sources within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and elsewhere.
A statement from Gloucestershire Police said: "The proposed pilot badger cull is managed by Natural England under license from DEFRA. In Gloucestershire, the cull will be undertaken by a private operating company.
"It will be up to them to determine where and when it starts.
"Gloucestershire Constabulary has been planning its response to the cull since it was first announced.
"This response - Operation Themis - is aimed at keeping all our communities safe and feeling safe, dealing with any with any incidents of crime and public disorder and facilitating people's rights to protest.
"Our role will to be operationally independent, impartial, even-handed and fair to everyone whatever their views, interest or involvement in the pilot scheme.
"Our operation is not yet activated. However, due to recent media and social media speculation, there has been some concern in local communities.
"As a result, we will be deploying a proportionate policing response in Gloucestershire over the Bank Holiday weekend to provide reassurance to those communities and minimise any potential disruption to their lives.
"This is in keeping with our commitment to deliver an effective local policing service before, during and after the proposed cull."
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