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Hi Kim, I share your anguish. Few years back I had a badger come in the garden and take a hedgehog. I remember it was a very dry spring, and it had to come up from the woods. Looked like a juvenile badger to me. More than likely found my garden by accident. Came three nights in a row. The last night I shouted at it, was one thirty in the morning. Lucky for me have not seen a badger since. There is a sett down in the woods here, but that was the first time I had ever seen one this far up. Can only conclude with the very dry spring, the worms were farther down in the ground there making it harder to find food, so had to forage farther afield.
They don’t normally like human contact and run away, yours may be an urban badger so see humans on a regular basis, plus they may be fed by your neighbours, thus encouraging them.