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WHIFF OF DISAPPROVAL FAILS TO MOVE BRIGHTON MENAGERIE

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A council which issued an odour nuisance notice against a couple who kept 86 animals at their home has failed in it...
A council which issued an odour nuisance notice against a couple who kept 86 animals at their home has failed in its bid to have 25 of them removed.

Brighton and Hove Council was ordered to pay costs of£12,600 after Janice Copps and Michael McMahon won their appeal to keep the animals at their terraced house in Hove, Sussex.

The council served the couple with a notice to remove two ponies, four goats, six ducks and 13 chickens after it received complaints from neighbours about the smell.

After a three-day trial at Hove Crown Court, an appeal judge and two magistrates ruled in the couple's favour. Judge Robin Barratt said the smell was not offensive enough to make it an actionable offence.

A council spokesman said: 'This is a residential area. It is not a farm and the council contends it is not suitable for these animals. We are not here dealing with domestic pets.'
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