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Case against Lord Kilclooney for failing to cut hedges withdrawn

Lord Kilclooney.

Charges accusing life peer Lord Kilclooney of failing to comply with a remedial notice by failing to cut hedges at his Mullinure home were withdrawn on Friday.

Former senior Ulster Unionist politician 80-year-old John Taylor, who has served at every level of politics and who is now a cross bench peer, did not attend Armagh Magistrates Court for his case which took two seconds to mention.

His name was not even called, a prosecuting lawyer calling the case by its number instead and telling District Judge Paul Copeland the matter was being withdrawn.

In a prosecution brought by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council under the High Hedges Act, Lord Kilclooney had been charged that being the owner of a home on the Portadown Road, he “failed to comply with a Remedial Notice dated 24 January 2018 and served upon you requiring you to take action in relation to your hedge on the aforementioned property within one month from the effective date.”

When the case was first mentioned a month ago, a Solicitor for the council told the court “there’s been progress made” and that defence solicitors Blair & Hanna had asked for the case to be adjourned to the next departmental hearing day.

“It’s a high hedges case and there’s been progress in that the hedges are being reduced so it’s hoped that the matter won’t trouble the court,” said Mr Rooney.

Belfast Telegraph