AS this year’s badger cull reaches the halfway point Gloucestershire Police are bringing together the opposing sides of the cull.

Officers involved in Operation Themis, the force’s response to the cull, are hosting a meet and mingle event between 6pm and 8pm tonight, Thursday, at the Memorial Hall in Market Square, Newent.

The National Farmers Union and anti-cull campaign group Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting will be two of a number of community agencies at the event which is designed to help with any enquiries or questions relating to Operation Themis.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will also be available.