An Essex farmer who was physically threatened by a group of travellers who were felling trees on her land, has had her shotgun confiscated by the police as a ?sensible precaution.?

Tracy St Clair Pearce, 50, who lives at Seven Saints Rare Breeds Farm near Colchester, told the four youths that she would spray them with weedkiller if they did not leave immediately.

According to Miss St Claire Pearce, the travellers responded by threatening her with their chainsaw, before one of them shouted: ?I will slit your throat, I will slit the throats of your calves and cows.? They then allegedly threw stones at her and exposed themselves while shouting obscenities.

However, after reporting the incident to the police, officers took action against Miss St Clair Pearce rather than the travellers. Three days after the incident, officers arrived at her farm to confiscate her legally held 12-bore shotgun and another firearm. A spokesman for Essex police said: ?Officers became concerned at the behaviour of a woman and laid information before magistrates accordingly. They were given powers to seize guns in her possession and have done so as a sensible precaution in the circumstances.?

The rest of this article appears in 4th May issue of Shooting Times.

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