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Otter eats more than £150 of fish from Norfolk garden centre

Fish at the Sutton Garden and Aquatic Centre have been killed and eaten by an otter. Owner Graham Makepeace with a headless goldfish that was left by the otter. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Fish at the Sutton Garden and Aquatic Centre have been killed and eaten by an otter. Owner Graham Makepeace with a headless goldfish that was left by the otter. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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A couple have been left devastated after an otter devoured £150 of stock from their family business in north Norfolk.

Graham and Claudia Makepeace have owned Sutton Garden & Aquatic Centre for nearly 60 years and said they were “frightened and angry” after seeing the damage caused by the fish-eating mammal.

Mrs Makepeace, 72, first found evidence of the feast this morning when she came across fish heads and scales on the floor and was shocked to discover an otter had chewed its way through galvanised wire.

“That is somewhat unbelievable,” she said.

“The power they have to do that must be incredible and I don’t think I would like to get too close to an otter.”

The couple protect their three large outside ponds by keeping them in separate bays and putting covers and wire across.

“We get herons as well so have put these measures in place to stop them and the otters getting the fish – but this time the otters have defeated us.”

Around 25 fish were eaten, costing about £6 each.

Mrs Makepeace said she would have to think of new ways to protect the fish and believed the otter would return.

She said: “We are pretty angry and we are going to have to put something fairly substantial over the bays now.”

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