Two Scunthorpe residents were taken to court and given hefty fines after a toughening up of local rules on dog fouling.
The individuals both failed to pay up after being issued on-the-spot penalties and were prosecuted in magistrates’ court. Daniel Boothby, of Hereward Place, did not pay a £100 fixed penalty notice after failing to pick up after his dog on Queensway.
His case went to Doncaster Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty and was fined £100 with costs of £326.04 and a £40 victim surcharge – a total of £466.04. Kim Seager, also of Hereward Place, received a £100 fixed penalty notice for not carrying the means to pick up after her dog, also on Queensway.
She did not pay and again was issued with total costs of £466.04 at court.
A zero tolerance policy by North Lincolnshire Council enforcement officers, along with toughened rules, has led to a major clampdown on anyone seen not picking up after their dog, along with those not carrying a bag to do so.
Anyone seen breaking the law has to give their details to enforcement officers and unpaid fines will be pursued in the courts. A recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) found nine fines for dog waste were issued between 2020/21 and the beginning of 2023/24.
There were 331 dog litter complaints made to the council between 2017/18 and spring this year, with the number each year dropping steadily to just 33 in between April 2022 and mid-March 2023.
North Lincolnshire Council also vowed to take up new powers from July 31 to impose greater fines on people caught littering or daubing graffiti, from £150 to £500. Fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping also increased from £400 to £1,000.
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