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BARK SHIRE DISTRICT DOG-MAN FACES PRISON

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Wokingham DC's bid to have a Reading dog-lover jailed for alleged contempt of court was today adjourned for a secon...
Wokingham DC's bid to have a Reading dog-lover jailed for alleged contempt of court was today adjourned for a second time in London's high court.

As Andrew Debidin's case is now expected to take more than a day, court time could not be found today and the case was put back for hearing next week.

Mr Debidin - who the court heard last week keeps 42 dogs at his home - is alleged to have broken his formal promise to a judge that he would keep the noise of their barking down to 'acceptable' levels.

The dog owner faces claims that on 28 December, 'audible and extremely intrusive' doggy noises were again heard emanating from his home.

The Berkshire district council is applying to the court for Mr Debidin's committal to prison for alleged contempt of undertakings he gave to a judge on December 15.

His counsel, Mr Robert Lamb, said last week that his next- door neighbours kept 'twelve or fifteen' collie dogs and the noise council officers heard on December 28 might just as well have come from there.

Mr Debidin is also expected to argue next week that the council has failed to state exactly what it considers to be 'acceptable' noise levels.

No date was given for the resumed hearing next week.

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