'There appears to be a dog in court!': Lawyer's barking mad pet crashes Shrewsbury hearing

It was a case of ruff justice as a dog burst into a crown court hearing.

A prosecutor's canine companion set tails wagging when it was an uninvited guest at a sentencing at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Tuesday.

The lawyer, who was discussing the case via video link, had to scramble from his desk and usher his four-legged friend into another room as it loudly barked for the courtroom to hear.

The periwigged Recorder Anthony Warner said sternly: "There appears to be a dog in court, when there shouldn't be."

After moving the dog out of his office, the prosecutor replied: "All is calm!"

The hearing was adjourned for non dog-related administrative purposes.

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