CCTV in badger cull row
AN OUTSPOKEN farmer and supporter of the badger cull says he will not be deterred by vandals and has handed CCTV footage over to police.
Richard Haddock, who owns the Churston Farm Shop on Brixham Road has been vocal about trial areas and culling badgers as a way to eradicate TB in cattle.
Mr Haddock was hoping South Devon would have been chosen by government and the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs as one of the two trial areas for a controlled badger cull.
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He claims anti badger cull opponents targeted his farm shop and lorry and put up posters on his vehicle and gate.
Mr Haddock says despite the attacks he will continue to campaign for all possible methods to be used to control TB-infected badgers.
He has warned vandals who targeted his Churston Farm Shop business that they left some invaluable evidence behind.
Vandals damaged the paintwork on Mr Haddock's lorry and stuck anti-badger cull posters over it after he had appeared on television calling for foam containing carbon monoxide to be used to clear infected badger setts.
The former NFU national official said adapting the compressed air foam system used by fire brigades as a way of disposing of badgers ought to be trialled, and could give farmers hope of seeing TB eradicated sooner rather than later.
He said: "Clearly there are people around who don't want to see a single hair of a single badger's head harmed, whether the animals are infected with TB or not.
"Sadly these are the same people who have been misinforming the public about the extent of the TB epidemic and whipping up opposition to any control methods which are proposed.
"The situation with TB is so serious we must now be prepared to use every tool in the box to counter the epidemic.
"People who refuse to acknowledge that are clearly more concerned about raking in more public donations to keep a few people in the pro-badger movement in jobs than they are about the welfare of badgers, cows or farmers.
"However we are only dealing with third-division vandals here. The usual precautions to take when you attack someone's property are to ensure you are not seen doing it and not to leave any evidence which might identify you.
"Unfortunately for the person who targeted my lorry we have some excellent CCTV images of them and they very kindly left a nice, clear thumbprint on the tape they fixed the posters to my lorry with, because they didn't even have the sense to wear gloves.
"We look forward to seeing them in court in due course."
Police confirmed that a local PCSO had been called in to remove anti badger cull posters at the shop.