Geronimo the alpaca dragged away by police as animal set to be killed today

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Police have taken away Geronimo the alpaca after descending on the farm – with the animal set to be put down today.

Officers wearing masks were seen speaking to people outside the farm in Wickwar, Gloucestershire.

Web cam footage showed Geronimo make a break for freedom from his captors and run into a field with other alpacas.

But several officials followed it carrying rope and chased the pack around the meadow.

Officials were seen with a horse-box style animal carrier, with one tying a rope around Geromino.

Other alpacas on the farm, which are not in the same pen, gathered nearby when the commotion started before running off to another part of the farm.

Officers are currently standing in a line at the edge of the pen while several journalists are also present.

Two officers wearing light-blue vests appear to be engaging with members of the public next to a We Are Geronimo banner, set up by campaigners opposing the destruction of the animal.

Avon and Somerset Police said in a statement: "We can confirm officers are in attendance at a farm in the Wickwar area of South Gloucestershire this morning to support the Animal and Plant Health Agency, who are executing a court warrant.

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"We'll always support our partner agencies to carry out their lawful duties, and our role is to prevent a breach of the peace and to ensure public safety is protected."

Owner Helen Macdonald has challenged Defra’s decision to have the animal put down, following two positive tests for bovine tuberculosis.

She earlier told The Sun: “I can’t stand by and let my animal be killed and I’m willing to stand in the way of any gunman who comes to destroy Geronimo.

“They’ve picked on the wrong woman. There is no way that I will put him to sleep.”

She said TB tests are unreliable, and believes they returned false positives.

Helen went on: “If Geronimo did have TB he should have been dead by now.

"Alpacas with TB only last a few months, but it’s been more than four years since he allegedly tested positive.

“This has become a personal battle between Defra and myself."

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