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Repeat offender fined for dog fouling offence in Workington

Wednesday, 5 November 2015

A Workington man is nearly £400 out of pocket after magistrates found him guilty of failing to clean up after his dog.

Joseph Brian Conway, aged 78, of Far Moss, Northside, was spotted by one of Allerdale Borough Council’s streetscene officers as he allowed his dog to foul the footpath and cycle track behind the houses of Mitchell Avenue in Northside.

Mr Conway did not attend the hearing so the case was heard in his absence. The magistrates found him guilty of the offence and the court ordered him to pay a fine of £260, a victim surcharge of £26 and a £100 contribution towards the Council’s costs. He must pay within 28 days.

The court was given a statement from the Council streetscene officer who saw Mr Conway walking his dog on Thursday 19 March 2015. It described how, in light of the fact he was issued with a fixed penalty notice for a similar dog fouling offence on 3 October 2014 and, in line with Allerdale Borough Council’s policy, he was not offered the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty notice but instead the matter proceeded straight to prosecution.

Councillor Michael Heaslip, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive member for locality services, said: “We have said on numerous occasions that we will not tolerate dog fouling and that we will go out of our way to catch those who commit this revolting crime. I hope that this prosecution will help push that message home.

“The Council’s streetscene officer was actually out running when they saw Mr Conway failing to pick up after his dog. That just shows that, even though you may not see one of our vans, or someone in uniform, if our officers spot you, they will take action.”

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