Supermodel to be questioned by police

SUPERMODEL Claudia Schiffer is to be quizzed by police over claims her dogs are “running wild” and worrying residents near her Suffolk mansion.It is also understood that a complaint was made that one of her dogs bit another dog and that walkers near the beauty's 16th Century home in Stanningfield, near Bury St Edmunds, have been concerned.

SUPERMODEL Claudia Schiffer is to be quizzed by police over claims her dogs are “running wild” and worrying residents near her Suffolk mansion.

It is also understood that a complaint was made that one of her dogs bit another dog and that walkers near the beauty's 16th Century home in Stanningfield, near Bury St Edmunds, have been concerned.

Last night, Suffolk police confirmed they planned to meet with the model and her film producer husband to discuss numerous complaints from villagers, who use a footpath that runs alongside the couple's Coldham Hall estate.

A police spokeswoman said: “A public footpath runs alongside the grounds, where locals walk dogs.

“We first received a complaint in December that one of the dogs had bitten another dog. More recently a local parish council has received a number of complaints to say that dogs are still 'running wild'.

“The local beat officer is planning to meet the owner to discuss the issue and we hope that will resolve the problem. I don't believe a meeting has yet been arranged.”

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Schiffer, owns an Irish Wolfhound, called Roxy, and a German Shepherd named Oscar.

It is thought that the model often takes Roxy with her when she goes to stay in London, but leaves Oscar in Suffolk, in the care of former Gurkhas who work as security guards on the estate.

One resident, who lives near to one end of the footpath in Lawshall, said Roxy had come bounding towards his own dog, but quickly retreated.

“Everyone in the village knows the dogs are there, so you sort of expect to see them,” he said. “I was walking along the footpath about a fortnight ago when Roxy came running towards me, but as soon as I shouted at her, she backed off, and I have not had a problem with her since.

“I did hear that another dog in the village had been bitten, but I don't know if they were hurt.”

John Smith, owner of Glebe Stores in Lawshall delivers newspapers to Coldham Hall when Schiffer is at home.

But he said he has never really encountered a problem with either of the dogs.

“I don't think Oscar likes postmen very much, but then neither do a lot of dogs,” he said. “Normally when I go there the dogs are out in the enclosed courtyard. They do get out sometimes but do not run about that much.”

No-one was available to comment on the supermodel's behalf.

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