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Yes Minister, we'll save Nessie from the poachers
THE cold war and the aftermath of the miners’ strike may have dominated the headlines. But behind the scenes some Whitehall officials were more preoccupied in the mid-1980s by the safety of the Loch Ness monster.
Newly released files show that officials working under the Thatcher government feared that there would be nothing to prevent poachers and trophy hunters killing it, were Nessie to emerge from the depths.
The documents, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show a flurry of consultations, meetings and briefings between the Scottish Office and the Foreign Office.
Eventually it was decided that no new act of parliament was needed and that the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act made it an offence for anyone to snare, shoot or blow up Nessie with explosives.