Only two dog own­ers caught out over dog poo

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ONLY two dog own­ers in and around Hinck­ley were caught fail­ing to clear up dog poo de­spite more than 200 com­plaints about the prob­lem.

There were just two dog poo fines is­sued by staff from Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil be­tween June 2017 and June 2018. That’s de­spite 223 com­plaints from peo­ple in the bor­ough about the prob­lem.

In one case a fine of £50 has been paid. In the other case the fine hasn’t been paid and coun­cil staff are pre­par­ing to take the per­son to court.

The fig­ures were re­leased by the coun­cil as a re­sult of a re­quest un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act. They fol­low on from a state­ment in Janu- ary made by Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for neigh­bour­hood ser­vices Mark Nick­er­son that the coun­cil is watch­ing, catch­ing and fin­ing ir­re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers.

He made the com­ments in the wake of com­plaints from peo­ple liv­ing in Bag­worth about dog poo in their vil­lage.

Com­ment­ing on the lat­est fig­ures Cllr Mark Nicker- son, Ex­ec­u­tive Mem­ber for Neigh­bour­hood Ser­vices at Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil said: “It’s a frus­trat­ing and dis­gust­ing prob­lem and one that is en­tirely pre­ventable, as so many re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers prove, if ev­ery­one sim­ply picked up af­ter their dog.

“We do fine ev­ery­one we catch and we re­ally need the pub­lic’s help to do that. We’d en­cour­age ev­ery­one to tell us where and when mess is be­ing left so that we can tar­get our en­force­ment and fine those who re­peat­edly blight our foot­paths by leav­ing their dog’s mess ly­ing around.”

The law says peo­ple who al­low dogs to poo in pub­lic places and don’t clean it up can be ei­ther fined or taken to court where they max­i­mum penalty is a £1,000 fine. The law ex­tends to peo­ple who aren’t car­ry­ing any poop scoops or any­thing else to clean up the mess.

The penalty is a £50 fine which must be paid within two weeks. But if the per- son re­spon­si­ble for the dog has been fined be­fore they have to ap­pear in court.

Peo­ple see­ing dog own­ers fail­ing to pick up af­ter their pets can re­port the de­tails to Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil on 01455 255977 or email streetsce­ne­ser­[email protected]­ley-bos­worth.gov.uk. Coun­cil staff need to know the date and time the in­ci­dent hap­pened along with the street name, a de­scrip­tion of the dog, a de­scrip­tion of the per­son with it and the num­ber plate if the per­son was seen get­ting in or out of a car.

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