Now someone has taken a pot shot at her letterbox (pic above)... or have they?
Multiple pellets in a pattern, so it's probably a shotgun - but it's not circular enough, not dense enough in the middle, and there are too few pellets for any normal load. Here's what a normal game load does to a steel plate:
Could it be a special load? The pellet marks look quite large, perhaps BB, but again they're not spaced right. At that range (this would have to be 5 yards at most, to have such a restricted spread) you'd expect a very dense centre. You'd also expect the steel to look more evenly dished - the mailbox has a crumpled look about it, almost as if the individual strikes occurred separately.
A rifle perhaps? A centrefire or even a rimfire rifle would have put its bullets straight through that steel (as in that parking sign I photographed recently). Multiple airgun pellets? Doesn't look like it.
In fact, it looks to me a lot like someone whacked the box multiple times with something hard and pointy, to make it look like a gunshot. And I wouldn't put it past an anti to have done that to get shooting a bad name. It seems Ms Jones isn't a big fan anyway: "I don’t agree with blood sports, but I’m not alone in my views. In one village, residents are so fed up with the noise and mess from pheasant shooting they want it banned." Hmm, more whingeing incomers eh? I bet the locals love them too.
Fear not, Avon & Somerset's finest are on the case. A spokeswoman said: "We’re treating this as damage to a mailbox."
Meanwhile Ms Jones appears to have missed the point: "I don’t mind people hating me, but if they do drive me out of the area, lots of people I employ will be made redundant," she writes. "I employ a local gardener, tree surgeon, equine vet, two chiropractors, an equine podiatrist, a holistic shearer, an ecologist..."