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    Default Mark E Smith faces RSPCA probe for chopping up rare red squirrels with hedge-clippers

    Ever since Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat, hard-core rockers have had much to live up to in the depravity stakes.



    So perhaps veteran guitarist Mark E Smith, frontman of The Fall, was trying to go one better when he boasted of murdering endangered red squirrels with hedge clippers.
    The short-tempered punk rocker - said to have been one of Radio 1 DJ John Peel's favourite acts - bragged to a music magazine he had "killed a couple last weekend". Scroll down for more...
    Veteran rocker Mark E Smith is facing investigations over claims he killed squirrels with a hedge trimmer



    But if the readers of Uncut magazine were impressed, the RSPCA is decidedly unamused by Smith's claims - and yesterday announced an investigation.
    Now the 51-year-old could be prosecuted under the Wildlife and Countryside Act if his backyard bloodbath is confirmed.
    The gruff singer claimed he would "happily set about an endangered red squirrel with a set of professional hedge-clippers".
    He added: "Squirrels mean nothing to me. I killed a couple last weekend actually. They were eating my garden fence.
    "My sisters are animal lovers and they had been leaving food out for these squirrels. They've got rats in the bloody house now. Serves 'em right."
    To make matters worse, the maverick frontman went on to add that he 'wouldn't have a problem' with running over seagulls for fun.
    But the RSPCA said its investigators were appalled by the remarks and were now preparing a prosecution.
    Spokesman Klare Kennett said: 'The comments made by Mark E Smith are extremely irresponsible and he has basically admitted to committing an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act by killing two red squirrels.
    Endagered: Red squirrels are a rare species and anyone found harming them is are liable to face prosecution



    "These animals are highly protected and anyone killing, harming or taking red squirrels from the wild is liable to prosecution and can face up to six months in prison and/or a fine of up to 20,000.
    "We will certainly be investigating this alleged offence now it has been brought to our attention."
    She added: "If he is getting confused and talking about grey squirrels, then killing them without a good reason - eating food put out for them is not a good reason - could also be an offence under certain circumstances."
    Red squirrels used to be common in Britain but have steadily been wiped out by their grey cousins, which have become the dominant species.
    Famed for his quick temper, prolific singer and lyricist Smith has sacked dozens of musicians who have played for The Fall over the years.
    The group - whose songs include Disney's Dream Debased and DIY Meat - have released 95 albums since forming in 1976.
    They never achieved widespread public success but maintained a strong cult following, and were championed by legendary DJ Peel who once cited them as his favourite band.

    Franz Ferdinand, The Smiths, Nirvana and the Happy Mondays have all named The Fall as inspiration.
    In the May edition of Uncut, interviewer Ben Marshall suggested seagulls should be run over because they were a public menace, and Smith replied: "Quite f*****g right. I don't have a problem with that."
    Miss Kennett said: "Running over gulls is also an offence and the RSPCA has prosecuted people for illegal killing of both squirrels and gulls - and would not hesitate to do so again.
    "To suggest in a magazine read by youngsters that it is a good idea to harm wildlife is both extremely stupid and highly irresponsible."
    Osbourne, frontman of heavy metal group Black Sabbath, recently explained how he came to bite the head off a bat during a concert in the United States.
    He said: "Someone threw it on stage and I thought it was a toy. It must have been stunned by the lights 'cos it was dead still when I picked it up. I put it in my mouth as a joke.
    "Its f***ing wings started flapping and I ripped it out of my mouth but its head came off! The worst part was the anti-rabies injections in my a*** the next day. F***ing painful!" Last night a music industry source said: "I don't know what would be worse for Mark E Smith's image - being found guilty of killing squirrels, or the RSPCA finding out he made up the claims."

    Veteran rocker Mark E Smith faces RSPCA probe for chopping up rare red squirrels with hedge-clippers | the Daily Mail

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    "endangered red squirrels"

    They are not endangered, I have a country FULL of these particular tree rats, I'll send you some...but only if you lock this mushy-faced cretin up first.
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    Please tell me this douche bag doesn't have groupies.
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    The Fall are my favourite band of all time ever. And Mark E Smith is a highly arch and sarcastic man. Although he is a big alcoholic nowadays.
    It could be real, or it could just have been a flippant comment, which would have been highly quotable by the bastarding music press. Dunno.
    He used to have groupies. Married an American one, and installed her into the band - Brix Smith...my inspiration for playing guitar.
    Just for the record, if he did cut up squirrels, I don't approve....
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    I don't know if it's true but he's sick for saying those things.
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    He's a genius but I wouldn't take this claim seriously. He has an off-beat sense of humour. I saw the Fall live a couple of weeks ago and they were amazing.

    Anyway, I highly doubt he could get it together enough to catch a squirrel.

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    Ok if he hasn't done it..and he's just blowing off about it to "be cool" that's just as bad. And so not cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manboob View Post
    He's a genius but I wouldn't take this claim seriously. He has an off-beat sense of humour. I saw the Fall live a couple of weeks ago and they were amazing.

    Anyway, I highly doubt he could get it together enough to catch a squirrel.
    Nicely stated and agree, Manboob. But really Red Squirrels, WTF? Brett Michael looking for a new look or what?
    as privileged as a whore...victims in demand for public show, swept out through the cracks beneath the door, holier than thou, how?

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    Manboob...............love it!! Best screen name ever!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey View Post
    To make matters worse, the maverick frontman went on to add that he 'wouldn't have a problem' with running over seagulls for fun.
    OMG - Just for THAT STATEMENT, I have grown fond for this man!

    I HATE SEAGULLS!!!

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    What an asshole. Those squirrels didn't do anything to him or anyone.

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    ^ I dont really know him - so I'm just making light of it. This guy sounds like he's just blowing smoke up people's ass to piss them off. I dont think any squirrels were really harmed. At least, I hope not...
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