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Date published: 20th March 2017

A couple from Weybourne has been fined £60 for not bagging and binning their dog’s mess.

The offence took place in Water Lane, West Runton on January 24 and was captured on CCTV but it was the quick thinking of local business owners that ensured there was sufficient evidence to issue a fixed penalty notice (FPN).

Louise O’Shea and her partner Martin Hipkin, who run West Runton Café, witnessed the offence and took down the number plate of the vehicle driven by the couple. This information, along with the footage of the offence, was given to North Norfolk District Council.

Louise said: “No one wants to walk along the road and stand in dog mess, it’s just not nice.

“As the owners of a café and car park near the beach we are really keen to assist the council in any way. We have to work together to make our environment and the place we live clean and tidy.”

The fixed penalty notice was for £80, reduced to £60 for early payment

Cllr Angie Fitch Tillett, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “This just shows that if we work together we can tackle dog fouling. We want to thank Louise and Martin for their help and encourage others to report dog fouling with as much detail as possible.

“We hope this fine sends a clear message to any irresponsible dog owners out there that not cleaning up after your dog will not be tolerated by our communities.”

Cllr Sarah Butikofer, Ward Member for the Runtons, said: “I am delighted that by working together members of the local community and the Council have been able to take action against those who fail to clean up after their animals.

“Almost everyone loves dogs but not their mess, and this action sends a clear message to anyone not acting responsibly.”

The offence was failure to comply with “The Fouling of Land by Dogs Order 2008” and Sections 55, 56, 57 of the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005. The order covers all land open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment)

If a dog fouls at any time on land to which the Order applies and a person who is in charge of the dog at that time fails to remove the faeces from the land immediately, that person shall be guilty of an offence.

Last updated: 16th August 2017