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Missing Carol Smalley: body found at Minsmere Reserve

Carol Smalley Credit: Norfolk Police

Suffolk police say the body of a woman found at the Minsmere Nature Reserve is believed to be that of Carol Smalley.

A member of the RSPB called police just before 10am on January 9.

Formal identification of the body has yet to take place, but police believe it is the 54-year-old who went missing from Spalding in Lincolnshire on January 3.

Searches were carried out for along the Norfolk Coast at Hopton-on Sea where its believed she disappeared after clothing and a bag were found.

Carol’s next of kin have been informed and the death is not being treated as suspicious.

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RSPB criticised for deer cull

The RSPB has been criticised for deer cull. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The RSPB has defended a decision to cull 250 red deer on a nature reserve in Suffolk.

The conservation charity, based in Bedfordshire, has been criticised for killing the animals at Minsmere, on the coast near Southwold.

t says the cull was necessary because a significant increase in deer numbers was having a negative impact on other wildlife. The RSPB said the animals had no natural predators.