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SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Villagers refuse to let actor Warwick Davis build a 6ft wall around his home

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Villagers refuse to let actor Warwick Davis build a 6ft wall around his home after his caravan was stolen

At just 3 ft 6 in, Warwick Davis is Britain’s most celebrated actor of short stature.

Davis, who played an Ewok in Star Wars and Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter films, has nevertheless found himself lambasted by officials at his local council for trying to build a wall outside his mansion that, at 6ft, was ‘too high’.

He was given the go-ahead to knock down his old £455,000 three-bedroom home and build a new one complete with a cinema, recording booth and a lift.

Warwick Davis has nevertheless found himself lambasted by officials at his local council for trying to build a wall outside his mansion that, at 6ft, was ‘too high’

Warwick Davis has nevertheless found himself lambasted by officials at his local council for trying to build a wall outside his mansion that, at 6ft, was ‘too high’

The actor wanted to build a wall  to boost security at his home after his caravan was stolen

The actor wanted to build a wall to boost security at his home after his caravan was stolen

Davis wanted to build a new front boundary wall and gates at his £2 million, seven-bedroom home in Cambridgeshire

Davis wanted to build a new front boundary wall and gates at his £2 million, seven-bedroom home in Cambridgeshire

He then wanted to build a new front boundary wall and gates at his £2 million, seven-bedroom home near Peterborough to boost security after his caravan was stolen.

Davis, 48, applied for planning permission to remove a hedgerow to make way for the wall but parish councillors said it was too ‘harsh’ and out of keeping with the area. 

In a letter of objection, parish clerk Janice Osborn said: ‘The wall brings an unsuitable urban note to a small country village. The stark wall is harmful to the appearance of the street scene.

‘The wall is higher than 1.8m and the gates even taller, these are too high.’

Davis, 48, applied for planning permission to remove a hedgerow to make way for the wall but parish councillors said it was too ‘harsh’

Davis, 48, applied for planning permission to remove a hedgerow to make way for the wall but parish councillors said it was too ‘harsh’

District councillor Tim Alban added: ‘While I don’t object to a wall being built or the gates, I do object to the removal of the hedge . . . If a wall is needed for security, perhaps a compromise could be that it is built within the grounds of the property, behind the hedge?’

Davis tells me his plans were rejected. ‘I didn’t want to upset the community, so I’m now putting in a hedge and a gate. Standard walls are 6ft.

‘I don’t know how high the hedge will be — I’ll have to see how much it grows.’

 

Despite being locked in a bitter divorce battle with three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, ex-model Lilly is still able to let her hair down.

Appearing to not have a care in the world, the 42-year-old Dutch beauty frolicked on a beach in the Maldives at the weekend with her friend, PR executive Natalie Lefevre, 40. 

Appearing to not have a care in the world,ex-model Lilly frolicked on a beach in the Maldives at the weekend with her friend, PR executive Natalie Lefevre, 40.

Appearing to not have a care in the world,ex-model Lilly frolicked on a beach in the Maldives at the weekend with her friend, PR executive Natalie Lefevre, 40.

Lilly jumped on her back before they both plunged comically into the sea

Lilly jumped on her back before they both plunged comically into the sea

Lilly jumped on her back before they both plunged comically into the sea

Lilly jumped on her back before they both plunged comically into the sea.

‘I got your back babes,’ Natalie wrote next to the video she shared online.

Their stay at the five-star resort comes just days after Lilly locked horns with the 50-year-old tennis star at court in London.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge’s mother, Carole Middleton, has been accused in the past of trying to cash in on her royal connections to promote her party paraphernalia business.

But now Prince George’s grandma clearly believes that she is a big enough attraction in her own right. 

Next to the smiling pictures are insightful quotes from Carole, such as: ‘I love Christmas Eve, it’s the true start of my Christmas celebrations’

For Carole, 63, has included not one, not two, but 11 identical photographs of herself in the winter catalogue for her mail-order firm, Party Pieces

Next to the smiling pictures are insightful quotes from Carole, such as: ‘I love Christmas Eve, it’s the true start of my Christmas celebrations’

 For Carole, 63, has included not one, not two, but 11 identical photographs of herself in the winter catalogue for her mail-order firm, Party Pieces.

Next to the smiling pictures are insightful quotes from Carole, such as: ‘I love Christmas Eve, it’s the true start of my Christmas celebrations.’

 

The evergreen Sir Paul McCartney, 76, rolled back the years as he touched down in Japan yesterday.

He and wife Nancy Shevell both wore a ‘happi’ – the traditional, straight-sleeved, Japanese coat – just as the Fab Four, right, did when they arrived in Tokyo for The Beatles’ first tour of the country in 1966.

The evergreen Sir Paul McCartney, 76, rolled back the years as he touched down in Japan yesterday

The evergreen Sir Paul McCartney, 76, rolled back the years as he touched down in Japan yesterday

He and wife Nancy Shevell both wore a ‘happi’ – the traditional, straight-sleeved, Japanese coat – just as the Fab Four, right, did when they arrived in Tokyo for The Beatles’ first tour of the country in 1966

He and wife Nancy Shevell both wore a ‘happi’ – the traditional, straight-sleeved, Japanese coat – just as the Fab Four, right, did when they arrived in Tokyo for The Beatles’ first tour of the country in 1966

On that occasion they were confronted by a wall of security men and just 20 fans, and their coats were imprinted with the logo of Japanese Airlines. 

Macca and Nancy’s happis read: ‘Paul McCartney’ and ‘Egypt Station’, the name of his new album, and there were 500 fans to greet them.

So perhaps it’s not just fine wine which improves with age.

 

Their marriage was billed as a ‘society mega-merger’ but now, 11 years later, Mark Swire and Syrie Mavroleon have ‘de-merged’.

Syrie, 53, whose father was shipping tycoon ‘Bluey’ Mavroleon and great-grandpa was playwright Somerset Maugham, has separated from company director Mark, 61, brother of ex Tory minister Sir Hugo Swire and kinsman of billionaire businessmen Barnaby and Merlin Swire, owners of the Swire Group.

‘They’re living apart, but it’s amicable,’ I’m told. 

While friends hope they can be reconciled, first indications are not encouraging. Manston House in Dorset, which they had lovingly restored, has just gone on the market for £6.5 million.

 

Italian firecracker Nancy Dell’Olio has landed herself a new job.

The ex-girlfriend of former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn is to become a DJ. 

Lawyer Nancy, 57, will spin the tunes on Thursday nights at Mayfair restaurant Boisdale, where she promises to play punters ‘a selection of classic hits’. 

Just don’t ask her for to put on Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home).

 

Could Prince Charles and the Archbishop of Canterbury engineer a reconciliation between the Duchess of Sussex and her father? 

The Prince held private talks with the cleric at Clarence House last Thursday, as Thomas Markle appealed to Justin Welby for help in seeing Meghan. 

Officials decline to reveal what was discussed, but point out the meeting was scheduled before Mr Markle made his comments.

The Prince held private talks with the cleric at Clarence House last Thursday, as Thomas Markle appealed to Justin Welby for help in seeing Meghan

The Prince held private talks with the cleric at Clarence House last Thursday, as Thomas Markle appealed to Justin Welby for help in seeing Meghan

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