Shooting was legal, say police
No further action is to be taken by police after an investigation into claims that badger cull protesters were shot at in Somerset.
Avon and Somerset Police officers responded to an emergency call from protesters who had been walking at Rook's Nest, near Lydeard St Lawrence, outside the cull zone, on September 7.
A complaint was made that campaigners had been fired upon in what was described as a clear act of "intimidation".
But police say they are satisfied the landowner was not doing anything illegal.
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A spokesman for the force said: "Enquiries identified the landowner who voluntarily attended a police station to answer questions about the incident.
"Having spoken to him, we are satisfied that he was lawfully on his land with a shotgun to shoot rabbits. The shots were fired in the opposite direction to members of the public and there is no evidence to suggest any were directed towards the copse where people were present.
"No offences were committed and no further action will be taken."
The controversial trial cull of badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire is part of the strategy for bovine TB and started on Exmoor on August 26.