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Creatures that are party to a terrible crime (7)

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I believe the answer is:

dormice

Here is my best explanation:

'creatures' is the definition.

(dormouse is a kind of creature)

'are party to a terrible crime' is the subsidiary indication.

'are party' becomes 'do'.

'to a terrible' is an anagram indicator.

'crime' with letters rearranged gives 'rmice'.

'do'+'rmice'='dormice'

'that' is the link.

This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for dormice that I've seen before include "For these heavy sleepers", "Animals", "Bushy-tailed rodents", "Creatures", "They will hibernate", "Little hibernating rodents", "Field rodents", "Rodents", "Furry animals" and "Small field rodents".)

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