Badger unearths graveyard remains at Devon church
20 April 2010 - BBC News
A badger sett is causing problems in a church cemetery in Devon because at
least one animal is disturbing graves and unearthing human remains. It is
thought a number of animals have built their home among headstones at St
Theresa's Roman Catholic Church in Sidmouth.
The church said it would rebury remains and re-consecrate any disturbed
ground. Father Daniel Longland, of the church, said: "These people who are
buried here and their bones have got to be reinterred. They can be prayed for
the same as if they were being buried the first time."
East Devon District Council said it was restricted in the action it could
take as badgers are a protected species. One possible solution being considered is
to get permission from Natural England to install a flap at the entrance of the sett
which would allow the badgers to exit but prevent them from getting back in
again. However, it would not prevent another one from being constructed nearby,
possibly again in the graveyard.
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