Kennel owner ordered to pay £93k over barking dogs complaint

The owner of a kennel business has been ordered to pay £93,000 in legal costs after a barrister neighbour took her to court complaining about barking dogs.

Sharon Tidnam was ordered by a court to reduce noise at Low Farm in Topcroft, Norfolk, in July 2018 but was found guilty in June of breaching the order.

As well as the legal bill, she was ordered to pay Matthew McNiff £3,000 in compensation for moving costs.

Outside court, she described the sentence as “horrendous”.

District judge Malcolm Dodds told Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court: “This is a very sad case involving four extremely sad people.”

He said the case should never have come to court, that Mrs Tidnam had buried her head in the sand and the whole matter could have been resolved amicably months ago.

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