Geronimo the alpaca is KILLED by hazmat-wearing Defra ‘hitmen’ after bovine TB row.

GERONIMO the alpaca has been executed after cops and Defra officials in hazmat suits stormed a Gloucestershire farm.

The creature's death ends a sad saga that has gripped the nation throughout the summer.

At least 15 cops in a riot van arrived at the farm in Wickwar at 10.45am.

Some of the uniformed PCs were seen speaking to three people dressed in blue overalls, masks and goggles. All three had bodyworn video on.

There was a stand-off with protesters at the gate. One woman is understood to have been arrested - and then quickly de-arrested - after shooting a supersoaker water gun at a Defra hitman.

A man with a long white beard was also seen grappling with police.

Geronimo was loaded into a horsebox and taken away under police escort. Defra confirmed just after 12.30pm the creature's death sentence had been executed.

Vets will now carry out a post-mortem to discover if the animal really did have TB. However, the results could take three months.

The organisation's chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss said: "This is a terribly sad situation and our sympathies remain with all those affected by this devastating disease.

"No one wants to have to cull infected animals if it can be avoided, but we need to follow the scientific evidence."

The destruction warrant was valid until September 4. Campaigners wanted the animal to be tested for a third time or let it live to aid research into the disease.

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