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No new gun charge for farmer jailed for shooting burglar

Farmer Tony Martin, who was jailed for shooting dead a teenage burglar, will not face any charges after being investigated on suspicion of possessing an illegal firearm.

The 71-year-old was arrested last month after a police search of his home, apparently following comments he made to a newspaper reporter about the prevalence of unlicensed firearms in the UK.

Tony Martin served three years in prison for shooting dead a 16-year-old burglar at his Norfolk home in 1999. Credit: PA Wire

Norfolk Police confirmed a firearm seized by officers at the time of Mr Martin's arrest was "was deemed not to be a viable weapon due to its condition" and said he will face no further action.

Mr Martin served three years in prison for shooting dead Fred Barras, 16, at his Norfolk home in 1999 in a case that sparked national debate on the defence of private property.

He was initially found guilty of murder but this was reduced to manslaughter on appeal.

'Dehydration' probable cause of whale deaths

As an autopsy gets underway on the sixth sperm whale to become stranded on the British coast in the past fortnight, it has been suggested the whales are dying of dehydration.

Scientists take samples from a sperm whale which washed up on the Norfolk coast Credit: ITV News

Kevin Murphy, the Norfolk Coordinator for British Divers Marine Life Rescue told ITV News the shallow waters on the North Sea don't contain food for the whales, which are deep-sea diving creatures.

He also explained that the gruesome task of disposing of the mammal's carcass is the responsibility of the landowner who owns the private beach.

"It will be a very, very expensive job and a bit of a gruesome task", he says, adding that it must be done otherwise the whale will become an environmental hazard as it decomposes.

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