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It turns out this was indeed a bug in their system where the introduction of .uk domains a year ago as a country-code top level domain (ccTLD) and not just as a second-level domain (e.g. .co.uk, .org.uk, .ac.uk etc.), had not yet been catered for in their system.
You are half way there. I would suggest that any page that does not exist should error out. I have a "removed" page that issues a 404 and any page that is deleted would 301 redirect any deleted page to the "removed" page. But in the end, I found that it was far better if the page I deleted would 404 without the 301. I changed this a bit, and please know ...
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