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Celebrities tweet their horror after Cecil the lion, being studied by Oxford University, is shot dead

Cecil, famous lion shot dead, was being studied by Oxford University

Cecil was being studied by Oxford University

Cecil. the lion shot dead by an American dentist, was being studied by Oxford University.

Walter James Palmer reportedly paid £32,000 to kill the lion in Zimbabwe earlier this month.

The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Mr Palmer, a professional hunter and a farm owner, tied a dead animal to a car to lure the lion out of a national park. The wounded lion was found 40 hours later and shot dead.

Professor David Macdonald, who founded the WIldlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University,, said the death of Cecil would lead to a "cascade" of other deaths.

"The death of one lion has consequences. Cecil was the only male so it is highly likely that the incoming males will kill his offspring."

Prof Macdonald's research aims to solve practical problems with wildlife conservation and environment management

There are reported to be 30,000 lions left across the whole African continent, but Professor Macdonald warned that this figure, despite being "startlingly low", was likely to be an overestimate.

He added that he hoped there would be a "silver-lining" to Cecil's death by an increase in support for his research.

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Kent Police update on Operation Stack

Operation Stack remains in place on the M20 coastbound between Junctions 8 and 11 this morning ( due to a heavy volume of traffic heading towards the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel, and the continued disruption in Calais.

Traffic is heavy between junctions 5 and 8 of the M20.

Freight traffic should proceed to junction 8 (Hollingbourne) coastbound using lane one and join the Op Stack queue.

Holidaymakers advised to check before travelling

Cross-channel services face the possibility of disruption because of migrant activity in and around Calais.

The Government advised British holidaymakers going to France to check online with operators before travelling.

P&O Ferries say all services between Dover and Calais were operating as normal.

Kent Police said Operation Stack was in place on the M20 between junction eight and junction 11.

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Operation Stack in place on M20 amid Calais disruption

Kent Police said Operation Stack remained in place on the M20 coastbound between junctions eight and 11 on Wednesday morning.

Freight traffic was advised to go to junction eight at Hollingbourne using lane one and join the Operation Stack queue.

Police said traffic was "heavy but moving" between junctions five and eight.

The Londonbound carriageway was also due to be closed later on Wednesday morning between junctions nine and eight to increase freight queuing capacity, Kent Police said.

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