Paddy Power advert row cost council £4,000

TAKEN DOWN: The Paddy Power hoarding overlooking the Celtic Manor

TAKEN DOWN: The Paddy Power hoarding overlooking the Celtic Manor

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A ROW over an advertising hoarding overlooking the 18th hole of the Ryder Cup cost a Gwent council more than £4,000, it was revealed yesterday.

Monmouthshire Council said the dispute, which arose after bookmaker Paddy Power erected a 85 meters by 15 meters sign on land in Llanhennock, incurred £2,150 in court and legal costs, and £2,000 in labour and equipment costs.

In total the incident left the council with a £4,150 bill. A spokesman said the council was in the process of recovering the legal bill from Paddy Power.

Contractors began erecting the Hollywood-style advert for the company on Monday - but Monmouthshire argued the advert breached advertising control rules and ordered an injunction against Paddy Power.

A Cardiff judge awarded the injunction on Wednesday, ordering the lettering be taken down by noon yesterday and the structure by the same time on October 2.

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