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St Helens woman charged with attempted rifle theft at badger cull
9:46am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A ST HELENS woman has been charged with attempting to steal a rifle during the controversial badger cull in parts of south west England.
Madeline Buckler, 31, from Kings Moss Lane, was arrested on Friday (October 11) following an incident in Newent, Gloucester.
The government says around 5,000 badgers are to be killed to try and tackle the rise of bovine TB.
However, it is a move that has caused controversy, with animal welfare organisations claiming that there is no evidence that shooting badgers will halt the spread of the disease.
Buckler, who also faces a charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words, was arrested as part of Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Operation Themis which deals with any incidents of crime and disorder linked to the cull.
She is due to appear before magistrates in Cheltenham on Wednesday, November 20.