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Wounded Badger Patrol suffer 'terrifying' ordeal in cull zone
A BADGER campaign group has asked police for better protection of its ‘Wounded Badger Patrol’ members following a “terrifying ordeal” earlier this week.
Since the start of the cull two weeks ago, members of Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting have been patrolling the cull zone looking for injured badgers.
Members of the Wounded Badger Patrol said they had heard loud bangs in the Tibberton area, near Newent, which caused them to fear for their safety on Monday night.
GABS spokesperson Nick Berry said the incident was “horrendous” for their patrollers.
However, the police say the sounds were caused by crow scarers and not fireworks as they first thought.
A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: “We understand that for those members of the Wounded Badger Patrol hearing loud bangs whilst in the area would have caused great concern and so officers immediately worked to identify that there were no contractors and no culling activity taking place.
"Those members of the public in the area were informed of this to offer them reassurance that there was no risk to their safety.
“It has also been established that the bangs were caused by crow scarers and not fireworks.
"The crow scarers do not use projectiles and no criminal offences have been committed.”
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