‘I KEPT DOG POO IN MY FREEZER’
Woman’s battle over fine threat
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