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Police pay compensation to Shropshire hunt protester

Police have paid “significant” compensation to a hunt protester who was arrested at a demonstration against the South Shropshire Hunt.

An undisclosed sum has been paid to the woman, who was arrested outside the Mytton and Mermaid public house in Atcham, near Shrewsbury, in February 2012.

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She had been part of a group of protesters from the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs and Northampton Hunt Saboteurs.

They have released a video of the incident which has been posted on YouTube.

It shows a woman being arrested by officers after one claimed he had been pushed by her. But, after a claim for unlawful arrest was made against the force, compensation was paid to the woman, who has not been named.

(Above, footage of the arrest)

A statement by West Mercia Police said today they had attended the scene following reports of a threat of disorder between the hunt meeting and the protesters. Two protesters were detained at the scene, with one arrested.

Deputy Chief Constable Karen Manners said: “West Mercia Police can confirm it has come to an out-of-court settlement relating to the arrest of one person following a disturbance in Atcham in February 2012. A settlement was made and accepted and a compensation payment has been made to the claimant.

Lee Moon, spokesman for the Hunt Saboteurs’ Association, said the incident was a “shocking example” of West Mercia Police favouring local hunts over protesters.

“We hope this public shaming, and financial penalty, will force them to modify their behaviour,” he said. “We are pleased that the compensation received by the victim was used for essential repairs of the group vehicle which enabled them to be out in the field saving hunted animals.”

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Badger cull in Gloucestershire scuppered by filled in setts?

“CLAIMS that badger setts on one of the county’s biggest country estates have been filled in could put the controversial cull on hold.

Police officers are investigating a complaint about setts being disturbed at Forthampton, near Tewkesbury.

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The joint investigation between Natural England, West Mercia Police and Gloucestershire police started in April.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: “Evidence of possible offences has been collected, but at this stage work is ongoing to establish if these were carried out by anyone connected with the land or by others without the landowners’ knowledge.

“Investigations are continuing and no arrests have been made.”

The complaint was filed by Jay Tiernan, from Stop the Cull, who discovered the allegedly filled in setts.

If the allegations prove true, the badger cull in Gloucestershire could potentially collapse.

Forthampton Estate covers about 3,000 acres, around three per cent of the cull zone in Gloucestershire.

If it were to withdraw from the cull, it could take the total land area in the county that has signed up to the cull below the necessary 70 per cent threshold.

The Government has said the cull can begin from June 1, which is aimed at curbing the spread of bovine tuberculosis.

Mr Tiernan put in the complaint last month to the police. He said: “We’re focussing on Forthampton.

“It really is our prime target in the Gloucestershire cull zone.

“As it’s such a large area and would be the end of the cull if the Forthampton Estate withdrew, it’s a priority for us.”

Protesters against the cull have been to the footpaths at the estate to survey badger setts as well as looking for any evidence of shooting.

Owners of the estate have refused to comment.

The latest investigations come after Gloucestershire County Council voted to oppose the cull in the county, and will write to Government ministers about preventing the cull on council-owned land.”

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