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Tits nest in outdoor pub ashtray

Blue tit
A pair of blue tits are regularly seen flying in and out of the ashtray

Smokers have been banned from using an ashtray outside a pub after it became home to a family of blue tits.

Regulars at The Cottage, in Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich, first noticed the birds about three weeks ago.

Now chicks have hatched inside, with a pair of blue tits regularly seen flying to and from the small metal container.

Pub chef Frank Barnes said: "We have put up a big notice warning people not to use the ashtray as we think they are non-smoking blue tits."

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