London Lite Thursday, 1 October 2009 15 Vitalneedtocontrolexoticbirds Londoners get licence to shoot pest parakeets DAVID BECKHAM dressed down in comparison to glamorous wife Victoria as the couple attended the adidas Originals By Originals collection launch in Los Angeles last night. Becks paired a hoodie with his shirt, tie, jeans and trainers. Hugahoodie,Posh? Target: residents with shotguns can kill birds Alertonhospitalcash Inbrief Tantric master runs for Tories A NIGHTCLUB owner and self- proclaimed tantric master called Dr Earth has been selected by the Tories to contest the Edmonton seat. Andrew Charalambous, 42, who claims all you have to do is dance to save the world, runs club nights using a hi-tech floor that generates electricity from the movement of dancers. A fruitarian, he is also a barrister and volunteer police officer, and has a PhD. 20K reward to jail dads killers POLICE today offered a 20,000 reward in an attempt to solve a murder in Southall nine years ago. Jason Paul, 18, who had a three- month-old daughter, was stabbed to death on 2 October 2000. Police said that between six and eight Asian men, aged 20-25 years, were seen outside the flats in Convent Way where the murder took place. Anyone with information should call police on 020 8358 0400. THEY travelled from the foothills of the Himalayas to the trees of Richmond Park and beyond but the game may soon be up for Londons parakeets. The ring-necked parakeet -- a wild parrot, with vibrant emerald feathers and crimson beak -- will shortly become fair game for residents possessing a rifle or shotgun, cage trap or net under new rules from wildlife watchdog Natural England. From 1 January the bird once dubbed the grey squirrel of the skies can be killed or have its nest disturbed and eggs destroyed to help protect crops and such native species as the woodpecker. Because of their size, the parakeets bully smaller birds and damage trees. Natural England has announced a new exemp- tion from the Wildlife And Countryside Act 1981 allowing owners or occupiers of land or their agents to kill or take the birds, provided it is done in a quick and humane manner. About 40,000 parakeets are thought to be in London and the South-East. A survey of the capitals gardens several years ago found the birds across all 33 boroughs. Natural England chief executive Helen Phillips said there was a vital need to control exotic and non-native species. However, Matthew Heydon, a licensing expert at Natural England, warned homeowners could not shoot parakeets without special reason. He said: We dont want people or kids going out with air rifles taking pot-shots at these birds. It has to be done humanely and for a proper purpose. BY GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN Mr Casual: Becks in his hoodie with Posh last night SEVEN hospital trusts in London have been highlighted as failing to keep control of their finances. An Audit Commission report found the trust of Barking, Havering and Redbridge had the highest overspend in the country with a deficit last year of 35m. Also named were Whipps Cross, West Middlesex and North West London, which went over budget by a total of 60m last year.