Date published: 13th July 2017

A woman from Norwich has been fined £80 for not bagging and binning her dog’s mess.

The offence took place in Water Lane, West Runton 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 details of the offender’s vehicle. This information, along with the footage of the offence, was given to North Norfolk District Council.

This is the second fine issued this year for fouling at West Runton. The first offence took place in January and the FPN was able to be issued based on CCTV evidence and vehicle registration details provided by Louise and Martin.

Louise said: "We have had an ongoing issue for a long time at West Runton beach with dog fouling. We have worked closely with NNDC over the last few months to help identify persons that allow their dogs to foul and don’t pick up.

 “It is in everyone’s interest to do this, no-one wants to visit the beach and tread in dog poo. Whilst issuing FPNs may seem extreme, it has proven to work as a deterrent.”

 On April 5 three women were caught on CCTV walking a dog that fouled outside the West Runton Café. The FPN was issued to the woman in charge of the dog after she failed to pick up the dog’s poo.

 Cllr Annie Claussen-Reynolds, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “We want to thank Louise and Martin for their help and encourage others to report dog fouling with as much detail as possible. This just shows that dog fouling can be tackled if we work together.

 “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.”

 West Runton is one of the North Norfolk beaches is patrolled daily by our Environmental Ranger, where Dog Control Orders are in place.

 Cllr Sarah Butikofer, Ward Member for the Runtons, said: “Martin and Louise have told us that to the best of their knowledge this has been the only offence since April, until just this week, and that shows how effective working together can be.

 “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.

 More information about where dogs are allowed is on our website and to report dog fouling please go to the website www.north-norfolk.gov.uk

Last updated: 13th July 2017