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Springwatch star Chris Packham,who was at Wild Ken Hill, Snettisham earlier this year, reveals arson attack on his home




Springwatch star and nature expert Chris Packham said that there was an arson attack on his home on Friday.

The conservationist, who was in West Norfolk earlier this year has spoken of "two masked men" setting fire to a gate at the front of his house.

Posting a video to Twitter today, Mr Packham wondered whether the men were part of a number of conservation groups or if they were toxic internet trolls that fill his “timeline with hate”.

The 2021 BBC Springwatch will be Broadcast from the Wild Ken Hill Estate at Snettisham, with BBC presenter Chris Packham ..Picture By Paul Marsh. (47983789)
The 2021 BBC Springwatch will be Broadcast from the Wild Ken Hill Estate at Snettisham, with BBC presenter Chris Packham ..Picture By Paul Marsh. (47983789)

Mr Packham expressed frustration that nothing could be done to tackle what he refers to “torrents of abuse” he faced online.

He said on the tweet: "Harassment , relentless abuse , intimidation and now arson . And what next . . . ? I will not be cowed , I will not buckle , but can I ask for your help ? If you are an

@nationaltrust member please sign to end hunting here and now."

He said he received many defamatory and libellous comments online.

He also said: "Those who posted them were getting away with it because the law, as it stands, means that I am unable to take any action against this form of harassment".

Mr Packham recently came under fire in West Norfolk, because he made a comment about the "lack of Tesla charging points" in the area whilst filming the popular show.

He later retracted the comment and said he has to "eat humble pie" over his assertion.

The presenter, who was at Wild Ken Hill, Snettisham filming, said that when he arrived in the county finding anywhere to charge his Tesla had proved difficult.

The 2021 BBC Springwatch will be Broadcast from the Wild Ken Hill Estate at Snettisham, with BBC presenters Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan...Picture By Paul Marsh. (47619766)
The 2021 BBC Springwatch will be Broadcast from the Wild Ken Hill Estate at Snettisham, with BBC presenters Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan...Picture By Paul Marsh. (47619766)

Yet after significant online backlash he said on BBC Radio Norfolk's Breakfast Show: "Indeed, if I may I'm going to cut myself a small slice of humble pie because your listeners did correct me, and there are charging points and I did try a couple of them and they weren't functional, but that's another thing and there was one significant block of charging that inexplicably failed to be identified on any of my charging maps.

"I should really get around to sending the proprietors of that charging point an email saying 'why can't I find you when I look for you'. It is all very well having them but you have got to make them publicly viewable."

The 2021 BBC Springwatch will be Broadcast from the Wild Ken Hill Estate at Snettisham, with BBC presenters Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan...Part of the Production unit in a barn on site for the show...Picture By Paul Marsh. (47492168)
The 2021 BBC Springwatch will be Broadcast from the Wild Ken Hill Estate at Snettisham, with BBC presenters Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan...Part of the Production unit in a barn on site for the show...Picture By Paul Marsh. (47492168)

The presenter had come on the programme to urge Norfolk County Council to rethink its decision, taken yesterday, to go ahead with the Western Link road that will connect the Northern Distributor Road around Norwich with the A47 via the picturesque Ringland Hills.

One of the reasons put forward for the road is to improve links with West Norfolk but it will mean driving a £198 million highway through some of the most wildlife-rich environment in the county, including rare Babastrelle bats.



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