In this gloomy season, surrounded by news stories about cannibals, beheadings and honeymoon murders, we should all thank property developer Philip Kerr for starting possibly the most entertaining court case since Nigella Lawson's divorce.
Mr Kerr is apparently suing M15 for harassing him in an 11-year campaign of persecution that included sending trained crows to peck at his window. Oh so THAT was what Edgar Allen Poe was talking about...
Spoilsports M15 are trying to get the case struck out before it is heard in open court. Not fair!
Kerr says that M15 targeted him because he refused to squeal on his pal Curtis Warren who ran a business in commodities you can't get on E-bay. M15 then got very cross with Mr Kerr and subjected him to stalking, spying, bugging and interference with his phone, TV and internet. When that did not work they sent a team of diabolical black rooks to storm his house, which we know rooks can do because we have seen that Hitchcock film.
Mr Kerr's solicitors have apparently told him the case will cost him half a million £ in lawyers' fees. That's a lot of money. I say he is being rooked!