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PHOTOS: Couple fail to get ten-year ban on keeping poultry lifted

PHOTOS: Couple fail to get ten-year ban on keeping poultry lifted

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:06pm 21st December 2018.

A couple from St Austell have failed to get their ten-year ban on keeping poultry lifted.

In October 2018 Michael John Thomas Jackson and partner Joanna Caroline Lutey, of Boldventure Close, pleaded guilty to a number of animal welfare and related offences.

Officials described the conditions as "shocking".

In response to this District Judge Baker handed the couple a ten-year ban on keeping poultry and issued them both with a 12 month community order.

Poultry ban upheld in St Austell
A couple from St Austell were banned from keeping poultry for 10 years after they were found to be living in "shocking" conditions

This required Mr Jackson to carry out 200 of unpaid work and Ms Lutey to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

The couple were ordered to pay the Council £4,000 towards their costs.

Now they have failed in their appeal to overturn a ten year ban on keeping poultry after action taken by Cornwall Council.

In Truro Town Court today on Wednesday the couple offered no evidence to show the court that conditions on the premises have improved.

The Judge therefore agreed that the ten-year ban on keeping poultry was the correct sentence and dismissed the couple's appeal.

They were also ordered to pay the Council's further costs of £700.

Poultry ban upheld in St Austell
Now they have failed to get that ban lifted - after a judge said there is no evidence of the conditions improving

"The upholding of this ban on keeping poultry sends a strong message to those that keep birds commercially or as a hobby that they must take animal welfare seriously."

"The public can rest assured that Council Officers will use all available legal options to make sure animal welfare is protected."

Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for environment and public protection, Sue James

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