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Allerdale Borough Council,
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Council’s investigations help catch irresponsible dog owner

21 January 2015

A dog owner who let his dogs run free from his car to foul at St Helen’s Business Park in Workington was issued with a fixed penalty fine of £80.

On Monday 12 January, an Allerdale Borough Council Enforcement Officer patrolling in the area witnessed the owner failing to clean up after his pet. Although the Enforcement Officer was unable to approach the owner before he walked off, she was able to take a note of his car licence plate. This information was subsequently used to identify the offender using powers the council has to obtain the vehicle owners’ identity from the DVLA.

A fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £80 was issued to the licenced owner of the vehicle which he has since paid. If a FPN is unpaid after two weeks, the Council has the right to start court action against the offender, which if he or she is found guilty, could result in a fine of up to £1,000 and leave the recipient with a criminal record.

Allerdale Borough Council has a zero tolerance policy to all types of environmental crime, whether it may be dog fouling, fly tipping, littering or graffiti. Anyone witnessing any kind of environmental crime is encouraged to report it to the Council via the ongoing Spot the Grot campaign by phone, in person or online at or by using new mobile QR code technology. The council will also consider taking action against offenders if any member of the public reports such incidents, providing they are willing to make a written statement and are prepared to appear in court as a witness if required.

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0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ