3rd. April 2001


By Nick Green



Has anyone, anywhere in the country, been able to track down anything that MAFF have done even remotely well? I mean positive things; the slaughter of more than 11 million animals of which more than 86% were healthy does not qualify.


I have tracked down some more damning evidence of MAFF`s incompetence. My evidence was Cumbrian Police, to be precise Supt. Brian Horn. I had asked Supt. Horn several questions in March concerning the use of Police firearms teams used to cull animals during the FMD crisis in Cumbria. Answers had not been forthcoming to my satisfaction so I tried again. Supt. Horn rang me today with the information I had asked for.


Q1. How many times had Cumbrian Police firearm teams been asked to cull animals during the FMD crisis?


Q2. Under what circumstances were they called out?


Q3. How much did Police involvement in FMD cost the County?


Q4. Will Cumbrian Police contribute to the Lessons Learnt Enquiry?


Q5. Will Cumbrian Police contribute to the Cumbrian County Council enquiry?



Police firearm teams were called out at MAFF`s request seven times from March 24th. To July 15th. 2001.


The cost to Cumbrian Police for their involvement in FMD operations was between #700,000 - #800,000. Cumbrian Police had decided not to involve their officers to the same extent as Devon & Cornwall who, it is estimated, will have spent millions of pounds. Council Tax payers in Devon & Cornwall & Cumbria, beware. It is worthy of note that Cumbrian Police are still waiting to be paid by DEFRA. (Nothing new here.).


No official Police report has been submitted to The Lessons Learnt Enquiry.


Cumbrian Police has not been invited to attend the Cumbria County Council enquiry.




The seven incidents involving Police firearms teams were as follows:-


  1. Petrified Bull escaped during botched cull by MAFF. Slaughter men using .22 calibre rifle. Police dispatched the bull using .308-calibre rifle.
  2. Similar incident to above. Another botched, MAFF cull. Again, using .22 calibre rifles. Police dispatched the bull using .308-calibre rifle.
  3. Yes you've guessed it. Bull escapes pen after MAFF thugs had attempted to kill the bull using a .22 calibre rifle. This was an evening call out. Police Teams unable to locate the bull that evening. The bull was eventually located and dispatched the following day, some 2 miles from the original location and positioned on an uninfected farm. Supt. Horn did not know if the uninfected farm was taken out. Police dispatched the bull using .308-calibre rifle.
  4. Variety this time. A bull & cattle petrified after another infamous botched MAFF cull. The MAFF teams were again using .22 calibre rifles. Police recorded "a difficult strike." Police dispatched the bull using .308-calibre rifle.
  5. This time an identical call out as above. Will they ever learn? Police dispatched the bull using .308-calibre rifle.
  6. A bull being re-located, broke free. Police dispatched the bull using .308-calibre rifle.
  7. A further animal dispatched. No further details.




MAFF were constantly advised, by the Police, that .22 calibre rifles were an inappropriate weapon to use when killing cattle. But still the little dears tried.


I asked Supt. Horn if the Police had ever been called out to dispatch culled animals that had been left as dead by MAFF and yet recovered. He said he was unaware of any incident I note incident (7) above.


I also note that there were many recorded incidents of animals recovering after MAFF slaughter teams had left the sites. One famous incident, near Penrith was reported in the local press. The farmers awoke, the day after the culling of their herd, to a lot of noise in their yard. On inspection it was noted that young cattle were crawling around the yard. A bemused MAFF de-tox team were rushing around like idiots wandering what to do.


In my conversation with Supt. Horn he also observed that,


"From being on the fringes, as we were, it was difficult to follow the logic of MAFF." And so say all of us, from the inside.