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Calls for council leader to resign after joking about killing moles with blowtorch

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Calls have come in for the leader of South Norfolk Council to resign, after a Facebook post was unearthed where he said he was trying to kill moles with a blowtorch.

In a post from 2017, John Fuller wrote: “A great day to be killing moles. Another great tool from Machine Mart.”

The post included a picture of the 52-year-old Conservative councillor firing a blowtorch into burrows, leading TV presenter and renowned naturist Chris Packham to call for his resignation.

The post, from 2017, saw Councillor Fuller holding a blowtorch in a garden. (43523424)
The post, from 2017, saw Councillor Fuller holding a blowtorch in a garden. (43523424)

Speaking to The Mirror, Mr Packham said: “It’s animal cruelty of the highest order. And also clearly illegal.”

Mr Fuller, who was given an OBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his public and political service, had previously spoken of his support for the protection of rural environments and green belt land, leading the wildlife expert to accuse him of hypocrisy.

Packham (pictured) added: “His hypocrisy is appalling. I sincerely hope he is successfully prosecuted.

“It sends a terrible signal that people can abuse animals and ignore the law.

“As a councillor, he should be setting a standard for those people in his constituency. I think he should resign.”

Pamela Abbott, chief executive of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, said “While we understand Mr Fuller no longer undertakes this activity, this is animal cruelty.

“Moles have protection from cruelty under the Wild Mammals Protection Act 1996 and Animal Welfare Act 2006 and we would ask that Mr Fuller removes his past post as it may encourage similar behaviour.”

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