The legal fight to ban live animal exports through the port of Ramsgate in Kent was abandoned today in a move that's shocked and dismayed animal welfare campaigners.
In its campaign to halt the trade, Thanet District Council has run up a legal bill of several thousand pounds to be footed by local taxpayers.
They've thrown in the towel after taking legal advice 12 days ahead of a High Court challenge that could have pushed legal costs far higher.
Ramsgate is the only British port handling live exports. Tonight one of the region's biggest sheep farmers said the climbdown was a 'victory for common sense'.
Tom Savvides has more and speaks to Cllr Ian Driver, campaigner Michele Parry and Frank Langrish from the NFU.