NO further action has been taken against four people arrested on suspicion of theft and aggravated trespass in relation to the badger cull pilot near Ledbury.

A 46-year-old woman from Evesham, a 46-year-old woman from Cheltenham, a 34-year-old woman from Gloucester and a 23-year-old man from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire were all arrested on September 10 in Redmarley and had been due to answer bail on Tuesday.

They were arrested as part of Operation Themis – Gloucestershire Constabulary’s response to the pilot badger cull which involves part of the Gloucestershire Worcestershire border.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: “Bail has been cancelled on the four arrested on September 10. No further action is being taken against them in connection to the incident.”

A licence to extend the cull in Gloucestershire by eight weeks was granted last month by Natural England after only 708 badgers were killed in the county, 942 fewer than the target of 1,650.