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Deliberate badger sett blocking in Suffolk has increased

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Deliberate badger sett blocking in Suffolk has increased

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Monday, 14 March 2022

Suffolk Constabulary

Reports of badger setts being deliberately blocked up in Suffolk have increased, according to a rural police officer.

Sergeant Brian Calver, of Suffolk police's rural crime team, said lumps of wood, plastic sacks or straw and sand are being used to block the entrance to the underground tunnels.

Under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, it is an offence to damage, destroy or block access to a badger sett, or to disturb badgers in their setts.

Sgt Calver said he wants to remind people of the law - and stress that police action will be taken if necessary.

"We have seen an increase in reports of badger setts being blocked up deliberately," he said.

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