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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 February 2006, 16:35 GMT
Badger baiters snared by police
Police officers called the RSPCA out to reports of badger baiting
Five Kent police officers and a crime scene investigator have received RSPCA awards after helping to catch a badger baiting gang last year.

The commendations followed an incident where animal welfare officers were called by police to reports of four men digging at a badger sett in Swanley.

They were fined in court over offences of badger baiting and causing suffering to their dogs.

The RSPCA said police had helped put a stop to their "barbaric activity".

Steve Dockery, the animal charity's chief inspector for the West Kent area, said: "Without their help in preserving the scene and assisting with interviews, it could have been very difficult to bring these men to justice."

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