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'Unhelpful' situation on costs

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 11, 2013

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Concerns have been raised at the impact on policing of extending the pilot badger cull.

The cost of policing the pilots in West Somerset and Gloucestershire were estimated at some £4 million – which forces will be able to recover from the Government.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said it was "too early" to assess how much the cull had cost but said the costs would not be borne by local taxpayers.

Opponents of the trials have said the costs involved, and the failure to shoot a sufficient number of badgers, showed the trials were a "waste of money".

Martin Surl, police and crime commissioner for Gloucestershire, warned extending the cull could create an "unhelpful situation".

He said: "I know we have to wait for an announcement from Defra about any plans for Gloucestershire but I have made my concerns and unease at any possible extension known to the Home Office."

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  • twigcat  |  October 12 2013, 3:20PM

    Of course taxpayers are paying. All taxpayers; not just local ones. Another reason no one can say 'This cull is nothing to do with you. You have no right to express an objection.' I object morally and I object to MY money being frittered away by this incompetent, diabolical Government that nobody elected. I would like a Government that I have some faith in to spend my money wisely. Election please!!

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  • E_Badger  |  October 12 2013, 11:05AM

    Saying that that the Anarchists, who admitted to torching the shooting range, with passing reference to the badger cull, are ARAs is like putting the Taliban in bed with the IRA. Lets be clear anti-cull protestorp were not responsible. In relation to the 4 million "not coming from taxpayers"? Where do people think the money comes frm for central government, thin air(?) Thats more money than has been invested in researching a cattle vaccine (that already exists) and how extra safe did the locals of those policed areas feel being stopped every five minutes or under curfew that they could not use a torch in the dark for fear of being arrested? Badger vaccination could have been deployed at fraction of the cost, reputations unsullif and rights on freedom to walk the lanes maintained. Damn this idiocracy of a government.

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  • Jake_Blake  |  October 12 2013, 10:00AM

    I think we need to be very careful when one talks about costs. The costs of policing the cull are not required in order to run a badger cull. They are costs incurred to protect those running the badger cull against those that wish to use illegal means to stop them. It's very important that we're clear about that one as these are not costs associated with culling, but costs associated with the activities of "AR" extremists So you add this £4 million to the cost of the £16 million of police facilities that they burnt down and we're looking at £20 million. The "AR" extremists have cost the nation this money, not those carrying out the cull. Now when one talks about including these costs, what they are saying is that they condone these sort of activities; That OUR democracy should be decided by the most extreme members within it. I highlight OUR because democracy is about the will of the people, all the people and not just one minority extremist group that will break the law when they don't get their own way.

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