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Brewers' pounds 25,000 newt bill.

BREWERS face a pounds 25,000 bill and a six-month delay to a pub's facelift... thanks to a family of newts.

The 25 great crested newts, which are protected by law, were found in a pond close to the pub. Now, work has been halted while each is rounded up - at a cost of pounds 1,000 per newt - and given a temporary home.

Brewers McMullens must apply for a licence and do a "population assessment" before they can move the colony.

Boss Peter Furness- Smith said: "Rounding up 25 newts which have gone walkabout and returning them to their natural habitat works out at pounds 1,000 per newt."

Once work is over, the newts will be returned to the pond next to The Old Beams in Shenley Lodge, Milton Keynes, Bucks.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 22, 2006
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