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Madonna wins ramblers land battle
Madonna and her house
Madonna has stopped ramblers walking across most of her estate.
Ramblers have been banned from pop star Madonna's country estate for half the year because of the risk of being shot.

Fifty-four acres of the 1,132-acre Ashcombe Estate on the Wiltshire/Dorset border were to be opened to walkers on Tuesday under new right to roam laws.

But the Countryside Agency has agreed that ramblers will be banned from the open part of the land from September to February - during the shooting season.

During the rest of the year the small section of land will be open.

The ban has been enforced because the singer said there was a chance that walkers could be accidentally shot as shoots are held on the land.

In June, Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie won their bid to prevent ramblers from walking across the majority of the estate.

Burial site

The couple claimed at a public inquiry in May that their human rights would be infringed.

The Planning Inspectorate ruling means walkers are not able to go within sight of the couple's home, sitting in the estate's grounds.

Quakers, however, will be allowed on the land to visit an ancient burial site.

The Shaftsbury Preparative Meeting scatters ashes of the dead at the site, and holds a pilgrimage there every 10 years.

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