A wealthy aristocrat with links back to Sir Frances Drake faces a noise abatement order over the lucrative organised game bird and clay pigeon shoots he arranges on his 2,500-acre South Downs Hampshire estate.

At Portsmouth magistrates court the noise level created by the regular shoots of William Tyrwhitt-Drake was described by an acoustic expert, Peter Rogers, after 15 visits to the site while shoots were in progress as “substantial” and “intrusive” and at a level that would result in planning permission not being granted. The court case was brought by a millionaire neighbour, Dr Charles Gillies O’Bryan-Tear.

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