Badgers cause Whinlatter Pass road repairs

Image caption Badger setts are protected by law

A protected badger sett could lead to a road in Cumbria remaining closed for up to 30 days.

A 20m (65ft) stretch of the B5292 collapsed at Whinlatter Pass following heavy rain on 30 August.

An inspection found voids below it had been created by badgers, and any work which might involve disturbing them requires a licence.

Cumbria County Council has made an application to Natural England and has put signed diversions in place.

The council said the road needed to be closed across its full width as the badger excavations went across to both verges, just a few inches below the road surface and grass.

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