Campaigner charged over badger cull clash

Badgers are the target of a pilot cull

Badgers are the target of a pilot cull

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A St Helens woman stands accused of attempting to steal a rifle during the controversial badger cull in parts of south west England.

Animal rights campaigner Madeline Buckler, 31, of Kings Moss Lane, Kings Moss, was arrested last Friday (October 11) following an incident in Newent, Gloucester.

She has also been charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words.

Buckler was arrested as part of Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Operation Themis - which was aimed at dealing with crime and disorder incidents linked to the cull.

She is due to appear before magistrates in Cheltenham on Wednesday, November 20.

Around 5,000 badgers were set to be killed in a bid to tackle the rise of bovine TB.