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Police issue privacy warning letters near Sandringham

Norfolk Police have handed out around 50 letters on behalf of the Royal Family. The letters warn against privacy intrusions at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

Following a Freedom of Information request, police have now confirmed that the letters were sent to members of the public.

The estate is home to one of Queen Elizbeth’s residences as well as Anmer Hall, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge where they are raising their two children- Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The wording in one of the letters said Sandringham Estate “would take intrusions of privacy, and that of their guests, seriously”.

In 2014, Norfolk Police handed out 13 letters, as of the end of November 2015 another 36 were added to that number.

Norfolk Police could not give the details of the of whether the letters distributed were for trespassing or harassment due to the manpower costs involved but they have been sent to media crews and photographers in the area.

The BBC obtained a letter that reminds people Sandringham is a private estate.

“The understandable interest to film and photograph the Royal Family needs to be balanced with their rights to a private family life.

“Whilst in residence on the estate, members of the Royal Family and their guests have more than a reasonable expectation of privacy,” read the letter.

It goes on to add that media wishing to broadcast or photograph the estate should speak to royal communications.

The Georgian mansion, Anmer Mall sits about 3km (two miles) east of the Queen’s residence.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, Prince George started at Westacre Montessori nursery earlier this month. Located close to Anmer, media interest has been peaked in the area.

After the birth of their daughter Princess Charlotte in May 2015, Norfolk Police handed out notices to media warning them not to harass the family.

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