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Volunteers to capture badgers for innoculation

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

They are either seen as charming, nocturnal creatures who are a rare treat to spot - or as a bacteria-ridden pest bringing disease to our farmers - badgers polarise opinion like perhaps no other wildlife creature in this country.

Long linked with the spread of Bovine Tuberculosis, the animals have, in some parts of the country, been culled to stop the spread of the disease. But in East Sussex, a project's underway to vaccinate the creatures instead.

David Johns explains, talking to Kate Edmonds from the Sussex Badger Vaccination Project; Annie Vernon from the National Farmers Union; and wildlife conservationist Trevor Weeks MBE.

Police appeal after attack on badger sett

Police are appealing to the public for information after the entrance of a badger sett was set on fire on the Isle of Wight. It happened at St Boniface Down and reported to police on March 31. It appears that petrol was poured into the sett.

Sergeant Richard Stapleton who is investigating said: “We’d like to hear from you if you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area over the past few days."

A red plastic petrol container was left behind at the scene. The person responsible may have suffered injuries.

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IPCC referral after badger collision

Thames Valley Police has referred a fatal road traffic collision on the A34 this morning to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

It follows an incident where a lorry collided with a vehicle while police officers were removing a dead badger from the carriageway.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, which occurred on the southbound carriageway of the A34 near Marcham just before 3am today.

Lorry driver dies as police slow traffic to remove badger

Thames Valley police are appealing for witnesses after a lorry driver crashed into another vehicle and died as officers were removing a dead badger from the A34.

Police received a call this morning to say the dead badger was causing an obstruction on the southbound carriageway near Marcham.

As they slowed down the traffic to remove the dead badger, a lorry crashed into another vehicle.

The driver was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but sadly died of his injuries.

The southbound carriageway of the A34 has been closed between Botley and Didcot, while one lane remains open on the northbound carriageway between Didcot and Abingdon.

Anyone who witnessed the crash are asked to contact the police via 101.

Attempt to poison badgers

Police are appealing for information after around 20 badger setts were disturbed on land behind Boxers Lane in Niton on the Isle of Wight.Police were contacted by a local badger action group this morning after it had been discovered that poison had been poured into the setts.

Badgers are a protected species and it is an offence to kill them and also interfere with badger setts. It is also an offence to lay any poison on any land. We want to hear from anyone who might have seen any suspicious activity in this area or near to any badger sett."

– Wildlife crime officer, PC Nick Massey

There's no doubt in my mind this was a deliberate act of cruelty. The poison could have caused a horrible and incredibly painful death, involving a lot of internal bleeding and pain. We urge anyone who knows anything about this incident to come forward and let either us or the police know."

– RSPCA Inspector Mark Buggie

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