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The tory tabloids were full of outrage last weekend ( e.g Mos Link) that Prince William's bestie William van Cutsem was questioned by Norfolk police.

Well, the reason could be that his gamekeepers have been involved with illegal killing of supposedly protected raptors, in this case a young Goshawk was trapped and presumably disposed of out of camera range. Covertly recorded footage here.
BBC report.
Has there been any publicity in these rags that this was discovered? Go on, surprise me.

PS. In 2007, William van Cutsem was interviewed along with Prince Harry into the alleged shooting of two hen harriers on a nature reserve bordering the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. No charges were brought.
In 2016, a gamekeeper employed on the van Cutsem family’s Mossdale Estate in the Yorkshire Dales National Park was caught on camera setting illegal pole traps on the estate’s grouse moor. The gamekeeper escaped with a police caution after a procedural blunder by North Yorkshire Police, instead of facing a full blown prosecution, and the estate was forced to resign its membership from the Moorland Association.
 
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Meanwhile, in the Peak District, two male Hen Harriers disappeared in the space of three days, causing two nests, each containing five eggs, to be abandoned. This was on National Trust land! What a remarkable coincidence that two healthy rare* birds should vanish so near each other.
BBC report.
* They're rare for a reason, and that's illegal persecution.
 
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Chris Loder, the tory MP for West Dorset, lucky recipient of a £12000 donation from the Ilchester shooting estate and frequent scaremonger about White-tailed Sea Eagles flying off with lambs and unattended small children, was successful in his lobbying (what a polite word!) of the tory PCC David Sidwick and the Chief Constable, and had the investigation into the death by poisoning of an eagle stopped.
This BBC report of a third death states, erroneously, that Dorset Police continues to investigate the deaths of two other white-tailed eagles that were found in January. The excellent wildlife officer, Claire Dinsdale, has apparently been told that she will no longer be a wildlife crime team lead when/if she returns from long-term sick leave. Dorset dogwalkers have been warned to keep their dogs on a lead following the discovery of a dead Buzzard, probably poisoned but not yet confirmed.
 
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