| Friday 22nd February
2008 | Issue 621
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Squatters in Buckingham Palace!? It seems that strobe lights and disappearing Fiat Unos are not the only weapons in the Royal families armoury. The Queen’s been forced to rely on the old squatter’s standby of ‘adverse possession’ to fend off eviction from large chunks of the Severn Estuary.
The land in question - which for countless centuries has been the kind of reed-choked mudflat of interest only to ducks - has suddenly acquired value as part of UK Plc’s interest in tidal energy. Antiquarian chancer Mark Roberts has spent years poring over dusty tomes to acquire title to over 60 ancient lordships in the area. Suing under the name Mark Andrew Tudor – Lord Marcher of Trelleck, he attempted to gain ownership of an area known as the ‘Magor’ land.
Lord Justice Mummery however found in favour of the Queen – on the basis that the Crown Estate Commisioners have been issuing dredging licences since 1958. Unfortunately no record of the royal section 6 has been found and other similar cases rumble on. Her Maj was heard to comment pointedly, “After all, the Land is One’s...”
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