A criminal charge against the only badger cull protestor in the UK accused of breaching an injunction has been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Gloucester Crown Court heard the CPS would be offering no evidence against Cathy Scott, who travelled to Gloucestershire last year in a bid to campaign against the controversial cull.
A High Court injunction banned anyone from protesting within 100 metres of homes or using torches, LED lights and camera flashes near the cull zone.
The 37-year-old, who has animal pawprints tattooed on her neck, was accused of running into the badger cull zone at Tibberton near Newent shouting and waving a torch on October 3, 2013.
She was formally found not guilty on Thursday afternoon and will now be able to apply for her legal costs to be covered.
Prosecutor Stephen Jones said no evidence was offered in the case and requested Ms Scott was found not guilty.
The court previously heard Ms Scott, from Pepys Corner, Tile Hill in Coventry was planning a legal challenge against the charge in a bid to get it dismissed.
Mr Jones said since that hearing in March this year the case file had been reviewed by the CPS and police officers.
He said: “A decision was taken to take the course that the crown do today.
“In taking that decision it should not be viewed as an acceptance of references made in writing.”
Judge Jamie Tabor QC said Ms Scott must submit her costs to the court.
He added: “You have obviously thought carefully about this and I have no intention of interfering with your decision.”
Ms Scott did not appear at the Longsmith Street court in Gloucester to hear the news.
The injunction was taken out by the National Farmers’ Union in August of last year after fears farmers and landowners would be harassed during the badger killings.
The cull was instigated by the government in a bid to tackle bovine tuberculosis.