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Compensation awarded following live animal export ban

Protestors angry over the export of live animals from the Port of Ramsgate Credit: ITV Meridian

Thanet District Council has been forced to pay £2.3m in compensation to companies who were blocked from exporting live animals from the Port of Ramsgate.

Exports were banned after 40 sheep died at the port in 2012 but an appeal forced the local authority to reverse the decision.

A high court ruled the council didn't have the power to stop exports, and that it should reimburse the companies for any income lost during the six-week ban.