Horse charity faces closure amid claims it is owed £70k by council
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Horse charity faces closure amid claims it is owed £70k by council

23 Apr 2014 | Alice Sharman

A horse charity in Northern Ireland has said it may have to shut because of a massive bill it believes it is owed by Belfast City Council.

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