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West Malling: Butcher protests outside The Fancy Goat in High Street

By David Gazet

A financial dispute between a West Malling restaurant and one of its suppliers kicked up a gear today when a butcher launched a protest over debt.

Since 11am this morning (Tuesday) 78-year-old Norman Gunne, owner Gunne Butchers LTD, based in Bexhill, Sussex has stood outside The Fancy Goat restaurant in High Street with a placard 'shaming' the firm over its alleged £9000 unpaid meat bill.

The blackboard reads: "Why am I standing here? Because Fancy Goat owes my company £9,121.34 plus interest since February 2016."

Norman Gunne outside The Fancy Goat restaurant in High Street, West Malling
Norman Gunne outside The Fancy Goat restaurant in High Street, West Malling

Mr Gunne said his actions are a "last resort" after months of negotiations dating back to February.

He said: "I have given them every opportunity to pay the money.

"I am doing what I doing when I have a business that doesn't pay up. We go out of our way to help people but when they appear to have no intention of paying I have to draw the line.

"Taking anyone to court over money is a waste of time."

The Kent Messenger has approached The Fancy Goat for comment.

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