Power to the badgers

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Midlands Electricity is to spend pounds 30,000 diverting a road to one of its sub-stations so that a family of badgers can live in peace. The animals have been living in a sett near Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, for about 50 years, and their most recent extensions to their home have left a 3ft-wide hole in the access road to a sub-station.

The firm has worked closely with wildlife groups, the Ministry of Agriculture and landowners to plan the route of the new road. "We have to live in harmony with the badgers - after all, they've been in residence longer than us," said a spokeswoman.