CA makes for­mal com­plaint to BBC for fea­tur­ing crim­i­nal ac­tivist

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The Coun­try­side Al­liance (CA) has made a for­mal com­plaint to the BBC af­ter the ‘face’ of the cam­paign to stop the badger cull, well-known ac­tivist Jay Tier­nan, was fea­tured in a doc­u­men­tary on Inside Out South West on 3 Oc­to­ber, and again on 5 Oc­to­ber on Ra­dio 4’s Farm­ing To­day.

Mr Tier­nan’s cam­paign­ing has landed him with a crim­i­nal record for ha­rass­ing and in­tim­i­dat­ing farm­ers in­volved in the cull tri­als, hav­ing been ar­rested a num­ber of times for of­fences in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated tres­pass, crim­i­nal dam­age and fraud.

The Coun­try­side Al­liance says Mr Tier­nan was given a “pos­i­tive plat­form”, de­spite re­ceiv­ing a six-month sus­pended sen­tence for nine breaches of an in­junc­tion or­der for his part in at­tempts to sab­o­tage the gov­ern­ment’s badger culling tri­als, and ad­mit­ting to the BBC that he still owes the Na­tional Farm­ers’ Union (NFU) £120,000 in le­gal costs.

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