Search

Village gathers to rally around business owner fined for her noisy dogs

PUBLISHED: 21:26 07 August 2019 | UPDATED: 21:26 07 August 2019

Nicola Eastell, the meetings organiser said: “We are here today to see if there is a way forward.

Nicola Eastell, the meetings organiser said: "We are here today to see if there is a way forward." Picture: Greta Levy

Archant

A village have gathered to show support for a local business owner who has been ordered to pay £96,000 after losing a court battle over dog noise.

Supporters of Topcroft kennels owner Sharon Tidnam outside Yarmouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday July 30 2019. Photo: ArchantSupporters of Topcroft kennels owner Sharon Tidnam outside Yarmouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday July 30 2019. Photo: Archant

Sharon Tidnam, of Low Farm, Topcroft, was found guilty of breaching a court order to halt noise nuisance from her kennels.

Her neighbour, barrister Matthew McNiff, had made hundreds of iPhone recordings of dogs barking, yelling and whining.

Last week, Great Yarmouth magistrates' ordered her to pay £3,000 compensation to her neighbour - and to pay his court costs of £93,000 within three months.

But in a public meeting on Wednesday night at Topcroft Pavillion, in Topcroft, around one hundred supporters of Mrs Tidnam, who was not present, arrived at the village hall to discuss the outcome, as well as the evidence which was presented in court.

Topcroft Low Farm kennels owner Sharon Tidnam with friend and neighbour Kathy Thomson. Picture: ArchantTopcroft Low Farm kennels owner Sharon Tidnam with friend and neighbour Kathy Thomson. Picture: Archant

You may also want to watch:

The organisers replayed the iPhone recordings of the dogs barking, whining and yelling from Low Farm.

After listening to them, one supporter said: "I know there has not been any noise, I know other people that live that far away but have not been affected by that noise."

While another said: "We are all here in support; because it is clear what's happening is wrong."

Supports met at Topcroft Pavillion, Topcroft. Picture: Greta LevySupports met at Topcroft Pavillion, Topcroft. Picture: Greta Levy

Margaret Attlee, from Hempnall, asked supporters to fill in a form detailing the level of disturbance from the kennel in the hope there might be an appeal to the decision.

She said: "This is terribly important, because we all believe Sharon, quite reasonably, was not in breach of that order, and that is what she has been found guilty of."

Nicola Eastell, the meetings organiser said: "We are here today to see if there is a way forward. A lot of people are asking about crowd funding, at the moment - it is going reasonably well, we have got around £500."

In the earlier hearing, prosecutor Miles Bennett said sentencing and punishment "was the least important concern" for Mr McNiff, adding: "This was not an occasional breach over a short period of time," he said. Mr McNiff has declined to comment on the case.

Most Read

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Most Read

Latest from the Beccles and Bungay Journal

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists