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INVASION OF THE RANDY BADGERS; Noisy orgies plague locals.

Byline: By LUCY THORNTON

LUSTY badgers on a non-stop sex orgy are making life hell for home owners in a once quiet cul-de-sac.

Their screams of passion and ear-piercing squabbles have kept locals awake for nights on end.

And the Brock-around-the-clock intruders have also left a trail of destruction as they rampage through gardens uprooting trees, decking and fences.

More than 40 have created 19 setts within 100 yards of each other.

Fed-up residents around Kew Crescent in Gleadlees, Sheffield, say it's like being under siege.

Retired butcher Michael Broomhead, 60, said: "When they're having sex they howl and scream. And when they are fighting they make terrible blood curdling noises."

Michael, a keen gardener, added: "They've trampled all over my crops and felled at least three trees."

Neighbour Richard Oldham said the badgers dug out the footings of his pounds 2,000 decking, which later had to be demolished.

He moaned: "The garden's riddled with their tunnels." John Cooper, 73, added: "They've completely taken over the place."

But the badgers, a protected species, are untouchable. Monica Ward, of the South Yorkshire Badger Group, said: "It's illegal to interfere with their setts."

lucy.thornton@mirror.co.uk

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WAR: Mike, John and Richard; SEX PEST: One of the noisy badgers on the rampage; UNDER SIEGE: Close has been rocked by the invasion; WRECKED: Badgers destroyed new garden decking
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 19, 2007
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