‘I KEPT DOG POO IN MY FREEZER’

Woman’s bat­tle over fine threat

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kelly Wil­liams

A WOMAN was so de­ter­mined to win her bat­tle against lit­ter en­forcers she kept dog poo “ev­i­dence” in her freezer for seven months ahead of her court date.

Eleanor Gramby claims she was “re­lent­lessly pur­sued” by pri­vate firm King­dom and Anglesey coun­cil af­ter be­ing fined while walk­ing her neigh­bour’s dog in Ben­l­lech last July.

Nu­mer­ous let­ters have since been sent to the 67-year-old, as well as to the Jack Rus­sell’s 89-year-old owner, threat­en­ing court ac­tion.

Ms Gramby said: “I was walk­ing my neigh­bour’s dog when he did a poo. It was loose so I tried my best to get as much up off the floor as I could.

“A King­dom of­fi­cer ap­proached and said he was giv­ing me a fine. I told him I’d picked up what I could – I even of­fered to clean the leaves. But he just said ‘Poo is poo’, and gave me the ticket any­way.

“I took the bag home and put it in the freezer as ev­i­dence.”

She added: “For the past seven months I’ve been re­lent­lessly pur­sued by King­dom to pay the fine.

“I’ve been sent around seven let­ters and some have been sent to the dog’s 89-year-old owner, who is par­tiallysighted and dis­abled, de­mand­ing the money.”

She said it was only when she de­manded to see the of­fi­cer’s body­cam footage that the case was dropped.

Ms Gramby was ini­tially told by Anglesey coun­cil to call back two days later to make an ap­point­ment. “All of a sud­den, I got an­other let­ter telling me there was no longer a penalty due to a lack of ev­i­dence,” she said.

She has been walk­ing the dog, called Mr Jones, for two years, and said she would “never dare not pick up af­ter him”.

“I did all I could in this in­stance and was will­ing to prove my case in court, that’s why I kept the poo in my freezer,” she added.

“Surely they have got bet­ter things to do than vic­timise in­no­cent peo­ple.”

A spokesman for St He­lens-based King­dom said: “This would be a mat­ter for the coun­cil as they deal with mat­ters fol­low­ing the is­su­ing of a Fixed Penalty No­tice and any court pro­ceed­ing de­ter­mi­na­tions.”

Anglesey coun­cil have been asked to com­ment.

In re­cent weeks, King­dom have drawn crit­i­cism for the tac­tics they are al­leged to use to is­sue fines of up to £75.

Ear­lier this week, the con­tro­ver­sial firm’s 12-month con­tract with Gwynedd coun­cil was shelved af­ter just two days of its en­forcers be­ing out on the streets due to “op­er­a­tional is­sues”.

Eleanor Gramby, 67, with her neigh­bour’s dog, Mr Jones. Her case was dropped af­ter she de­manded to see the of­fi­cer’s body­cam footage

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