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SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Mystery of the death of a little owl on the Queen's estate


For the first time in 33 years she has decided to give up her traditional family Christmas in Sandringham.

But since she and Prince Philip will be staying in Windsor during the festive season, the Queen will no doubt have been alarmed to learn of the troubling death of an owl who was killed in a trap on her beloved Norfolk estate.

The accidental death was brought to the attention of the RSPCA and local police.

The incident occurred in May but was not investigated until that month.

"We were contacted by a man who wanted to tell us that on May 29th this year he had found a little owl that was caught in a fen trap on the Sandringham Estate next to Flitcham Barns," says the National Anti-Snaring Campaign.

The baby owl died in Sandringham in May after being trapped in a fen trap designed to kill pests such as rats and squirrels

It is claimed that a fen trap designed to kill pests like rats and squirrels can also endanger stoats – contrary to the spring trap permitting ordinance that came into effect in April.

The property insists that its tenants abide by the spirit as well as the letter of the law on time. "As a working estate, Sandringham adheres to all required standards and regulations," a spokesman tells me.

The Norfolk Constabulary confirms that everything is in order. "There were no further incidents," a spokeswoman told me, explaining that the RSPCA had given Sandringham's main goalkeeper "advice".

An RSPCA spokesman said, "We were very concerned that this poor animal had died in this trap and gave advice to ensure it didn't happen again."

The RSPCA said it was "very concerned" about the baby owl's death, and advice was given to workers on the property

The RSPCA said it was "very concerned" about the baby owl's death, and advice was given to workers on the property

A spokesman for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation points out that fen traps are "perfectly legal" and play an important role on a 20,000-acre property like Sandringham.

"You are not allowed to use them to aim at roosters," the spokesman told me, and went on to explain that "reasonable precautions were taken" after the photo of the dead owl in the trap.

However, he adds that mishaps can happen.

A point that HM would surely agree with.

What a card! Dilyn cuts a punch in his tinsel collar

Now we know who's really the front runner at 10 Downing Street.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has chosen his beloved Jack Russell cross, Dilyn, to play on the front of his Christmas card that he sent out with his fiancée Carrie Symonds.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has chosen his beloved Jack Russell cross, Dilyn, to play on the front of his Christmas card that he sent out with his fiancée Carrie Symonds

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has chosen his beloved Jack Russell cross, Dilyn, to play on the front of his Christmas card that he sent out with his fiancée Carrie Symonds

Many of Mr Johnson's predecessors, including Tony Blair and David Cameron, put themselves and their (human) relatives in the spotlight

Many of Mr Johnson's predecessors, including Tony Blair and David Cameron, put themselves and their (human) relatives in the spotlight

It's a small break with tradition as many of its predecessors, including Tony Blair and David Cameron, put themselves and their (human) loved ones in the spotlight.

When Boris caught Covid, it was feared Dilyn would too because he started gasping and refusing to go for a walk.

But he looks healthy now as he obediently poses in front of No. 10 with tinsel around his neck.

"Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year" reads the message on the card signed by Boris and Carrie, mother of his seven-month-old son Wilfred.

The government is "crushing" London restaurants

"King of Clubs" Robin Birley is angry with Boris Johnson.

Birley had to close its Mayfair private clubs, 5 Hertford Street and Oswalds, for the third time this year when the capital entered Tier 3 yesterday.

"I'm not going to go into how this government is destroying restaurants in London," he told members.

"It's amazing that you can go to a full department store but you can't go to a restaurant."

Boris used to visit Hertford Street, but he might want to lay it out for a while when it opens again.

Aitken returns to old Bailey

Former Priest Jonathan Aitken returned to the familiar area of ​​the Old Bailey this week.

"I was chairman of the Central Criminal Court's annual Carol service," he tells me.

& # 39; It was surprisingly well attended.

"The judges and lawyers obviously know the social distancing law."

Mary's Christmas in a festive bubble

Big parties can be canceled this Christmas, but celebrity Lady Mary Charteris does not let her mood cloud her.

Lady Mary Charteris was "in spirit" by sharing a picture of herself making an impression of Santa Claus with bubble bath foam

Lady Mary Charteris was "in spirit" by sharing a picture of herself making an impression of Santa Claus with bubble bath foam

The 33-year-old daughter of the Earl of Wemyss and Catherine Guinness shared a picture of herself making her Santa Claus impression with bubble bath foam.

"Getting into the mind," she explains from the bathroom of her five-star hotel in New York, which she visits with her eight-year-old musician husband Robbie Furze.

Mescal rejects sex scenes

In the BBC TV drama Normal People, he let the impulses run naked.

Now 24 year old Paul Mescal rejects scripts that suggest similar explicit sex scenes.

"They have been judged so carefully and well that I will try to avoid them as much as possible if I don't feel a story screaming at me like normal people," says the Irishman.

Battle of the Royals

Let's hope a point of bad timing doesn't create a bad feeling between the royal siblings.

The announcement of Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new deal with Spotify, which will host and produce podcasts, overshadowed the release of a video on the same day in which Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thank key contributors for their efforts this year.

Dubbed the "Christmas surprise for key workers," it was shared on their social media account and told in the style of a festive story for children. Prince William said, "There were key workers two weeks before Christmas and across the country." kept working to help us. & # 39;

Robbie will take the vinegar off your hands

Pop star Robbie Williams admits having some very strange food cravings.

"I'm addicted to balsamic vinegar … that's a problem." I would have weetabix and balsamic vinegar if I could, ”he says.

Liz is looking forward to the award – at home

Actress Elizabeth Hurley keeps coming back to fashion.

Elizabeth Hurley received a Lifetime Achievement Award at her Herefordshire home worth £ 6 million this week. The award was given by Cosmetic Executive Women for her work with Estee Lauder and her breast cancer campaign.

Elizabeth Hurley received a Lifetime Achievement Award at her Herefordshire home worth £ 6 million this week. The award was given by Cosmetic Executive Women for her work with Estee Lauder and her breast cancer campaign.

She received a Lifetime Achievement Award this week and hosted a celebration at her £ 6 million home in Herefordshire.

Liz, 55, wore a £ 600 Rebecca Vallance dress and shared a picture of herself with the Cosmetic Executive Women award for her work with Estee Lauder and her breast cancer campaign.

"Everyone (at home) dressed to receive the award," she says.

Her former fiancé, ex-cricketer Shane Warne, was one of the first to congratulate her.

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