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no court ref no (emergency application) ...
no court ref no (emergency application)

Battle lines were drawn today in East Staffordshire BC's legal bid to close down a large-scale open air market in Uttoxeter which is said to breach the town's ancient markets charter.

The council is seeking a temporary injunction against the company behind the market established on the town's Livestock Market site - Worcestershire based Spook Erection Ltd - as well as the land's owner Bagshaws Agricultural.

The council has no objection to a livestock market being held there once a week on Wednesdays, but claims anything else is in breach of a centuries-old Royal charter which gives the local authority exclusive rights to hold markets in the town.

The application for an injunction was due to be heard today in London's high court, but Mr Justice Rattee adjourned the case for both sides to disclose affidavit evidence.

Michael Pryor, for the local authority, and Christopher Aylwin, for Spook Erection and Bagshaws Agricultural, both agreed to the adjournment.

The case is due to return to the high court for a full hearing of the council's bid for an injunction on October 23.

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