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Drunken students looking for a memento of a night out may soon have to leave flashing roadwork beacons behind.

Sixth-formers from Solihull school have invented a lock as part of their engineering studies that is to be piloted by the National Grid.

The company set the students the task of building a device to reduce theft from sites where engineers are carrying out works.

The challenge was part of the Engineering Education Scheme, a national organisation sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineers to encourage young people to pursue a career in engineering.

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