ROBIN Hood enthusiasts have expressed concerns about plans to build an industrial estate over what is believed to be his grave..

The Daily Express reports that apparently the legendary outlaw met his death after leaving Sherwood Forest to be healed by nuns in Kirklees Priory in West Yorkshire.

The prioress was the mistress of one of Robin’s enemies and slashed open one of his veins under the pretence of bloodletting.

His final resting place became shrouded in mystery after the owners of the nearby Kirklees Estate in refused to allow the public near the memorial for centuries.

But now council bosses have earmarked the unspoilt green belt as an industrial estate.

Robert Bamforth, from the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: “Everyone locally believes that is where Robin Hood died and no one has ever challenged that legend.

“The tragedy is this land has not been disturbed for hundreds of years and looks just as it did centuries ago, so who knows what has been preserved.”

Max Rathwell, chairman of Spen Valley Civic Society,added: “The whole plan is tragic. People are enraged. If this crazy idea goes ahead it will devastate the area.”


Water voles are in decline in England and Wales, says The Guardian.

Their numbers have fallen by almost a third in 10 years.

Habitat loss, water pollution and the introduction of American mink – originally farmed for their fur, but which escaped into the wild and proved a voracious predator – have all contributed to the slump in the number of voles.

Research by the Wildlife Trusts found a decline of 30 per cent in the areas where they live between 2006 and 2015.

Ellie Brodie, senior policy officer,, said: “Water voles are an essential part of our wild and watery places and it’s terribly sad that we’re continuing to witness huge declines of this much-loved mammal.”


Monica Bukman, from Torquay in Devon, said to be Britain's oldest and longest-serving nurse at the age of 86, has finally retired, reports The Daily Mail.

She began in 1952 aged 19 and ended her long career on the Hutchings ward at Torbay Hospital in Devon as part of the specialist outpatient surgical clinic team for Endoscopy.

Monica said: “I have absolutely loved being a nurse - it has brought me so much pleasure and I have enjoyed every single second.”


 The Independent tells us that that the use of wild animals by travelling circuses in England will be banned from 2020.

Government ministers have been promising to implement a ban for five years, and now the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed one will come into place by January 19,2020.

Jan Creamer, president of Animal Defenders International, said. “Circuses cannot meet the needs of animals in small, mobile accommodation and ADI has repeatedly documented suffering and abuse. We congratulate the UK Government on consigning this outdated act to the past where it belongs.”


 Want to keep fit – then get a dog.

An article in the Daily Mirror says that dog owners trek more than 1,000 miles and play 2,080 rounds of fetch while walking them each year.

The survey was commissioned by Harringtons pet foods, who have teamed up with TV presenter Ben Fogle.

A spokesman said: “It’s staggering to think just how far you walk, and how many times you will play fetch over the course of a year.

“While a walk is necessary to keep your pet fit and healthy, it’s also a great opportunity to bond with your dog, away from the chores and your busy day-to-day lives.”

The study of 2,000 dog owners found the average animal is taken out for a walk 10 times a week, with each trip lasting around 34 minutes.


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