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The youngest son of the late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith was arrested by police for hitting his wife . . .
Ben Goldsmith is facing calls to step down from the board of the Department of the Environment after it emerged police are investigating allegations over the release of deer and wild boar around his farm.
A Daily Mail investigation has revealed that the red deer escaped from Mr Goldsmith’s farm due to inadequate fencing.
The financier claimed on several occasions that he had hired professionals who rounded up almost all of the deer, which reassured local farmers and horse breeders.
But he allowed the deer to remain in the area, and fabricated pictures to fool locals. He admitted this week that what he told neighbours was a ‘lie’, saying: ‘I was bullsh***ing, and I am deeply sorry.
I put Mr Goldsmith’s model of occasions to Ben Horne, the Exmoor farmer who offered him the deer. Mr Horne described it as ‘b***ocks’, including: ‘You can draw your own conclusions about who contacted who, and how far in advance it was arranged.’
I then obtained a WhatsApp message Goldsmith despatched to a neighbour on April 12, the day after the deer arrived.
In it, he stated the supply was half of a pre-planned bid to introduce a inhabitants of purple deer. He additionally wrote that 32, reasonably than 22, had been launched.
‘Red deer back in south Somerset after a very long absence,’ Goldsmith gleefully advised the neighbour. ‘20 pregnant hinds, 12 mixed-sex yearlings, and two stags coming end of the month . . . it’s a collaboration with the homeowners of the massive woods on the ridge, the [Duke of] Somerset property, and Longleat.’
An accompanying video, now within the palms of Avon and Somerset police, reveals 13 hinds being launched into woodland. Goldsmith seems to have filmed it himself.
When I put the contents of that message to Goldsmith, he advised me: ‘I must have been lying to my neighbour. It was an exciting thing to do at the beginning of lockdown and I am afraid it just got out of hand.’
‘In the ten years I have been here, I have never owned a wild boar or been responsible for the release or escape of any wild boar. I am categorically sure of that, because doing it deliberately would be illegal.’
Strangely, nonetheless, I used to be then handed a textual content message that Goldsmith despatched to a neighbour on April 26. It learn: ‘Do you remember about ten years ago some of my wild boar got loose and try as I might I was unable to retrieve them? We didn’t know one another then, however I do know you have been aggravated about it. I’m so sorry about that. Do you ever see them these days?’
When I requested Goldsmith to clarify this, he stated: ‘I have no idea why I wrote the words “wild boar” in that message. It was a mistake. Some pigs escaped in around 2009, but they were Tamworths or Tamworth crosses. I must have been typing on my phone while driving or something and accidentally written “wild boar” instead of pig.’
Ben Goldsmith and his family have been left "completely devastated" by the death of his 15-year-old daughter, who has been killed in an off-road vehicle accident on the family's farm in Somerset. The teenager was the heiress to two of Britain's most powerful dynasties – the Goldsmith and the Rothschild families
There were certainly no signs of any wild boar when the Mail’s photographer and I walked along the public footpath that crosses through the estate this week.
But that was perhaps because we were followed at close quarters by one of Goldsmith’s estate workers on a very noisy quad bike.
Claims that Defra director Ben Goldsmith, a strong advocate of rewilding, released deer and wild boar around his farm in Somerset, are being investigated by the police.
Mr Goldsmith, brother of Defra Minister Zac Goldsmith, a leading proponent of Defra’s green agenda was appointed a non-executive board member at Defra in 2018 and has been a driving force behind Defra’s greem agenda.
originally posted by: TexasTruth
Sounds like y’all need to legalize AR-15’s over there and have some fun dispatching those wild boar.
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
a reply to: TexasTruth
Fun AND delicious. The most efficient way to turn acorns into food.