I know we are a nation of animal lovers, but isn’t this taking things a bit too far? Defra is prosecuting Great Yarmouth Borough Council following the death of two hedgehogs who ate rat poison.

Defra has pursued the case for three years, even though the RSPCA, Health and Safety Executive and police all dropped it. Costs have escalated to £10,000 on the council’s side – and could more than double. Defra has not disclosed its legal bill so far.

And who is really paying the final bill for this? Hasn’t Defra got far more important issues to worry about?