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Lord Kilclooney charged with failing to cut hedges at Co Armagh home

By Paul Higgins

Life peer Lord Kilclooney was charged with failing to comply with a remedial notice to cut hedges at his Mullinure home.

John Taylor (80), a former Ulster Unionist politician who has served at every level of politics and is now a cross bench peer, did not attend Armagh Magistrates Court as he is “out of the jurisdiction,” the court heard.

In a prosecution brought by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council under the High Hedges Act 2011, Lord Kilclooney is charged with failing to comply with a notice sent in January to take action within a month, at his home on the Portadown Road.

Mr Rooney, appearing on behalf of A&L Goodbody Solicitors who the council has instructed, told the court “there’s been progress made” and that defence solicitors Blair & Hanna have 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.

District Judge Paul Copeland said he would put the case back to May 18 “and the prosecution can inform the court as to the future of this prosecution in that there’s been some remedial approach by the defendant.”

“Failing that it will proceed as either a plea or a date to be fixed for hearing,” added the judge.

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