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Stalybridge man fined £220 for dog-fouling
Monday 31st October 2016 @ 15:58 by Adam Higgins
Community News Stalybridge

A Stalybridge man has been successfully prosecuted by Tameside Council for allowing his dog to foul the roadway.

He was fined £220 at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on October 31 and must also pay a £22 victim surcharge and costs of £220.

The offence was committed on March 29, when a local resident reported that he witnessed a dog fouling the verge on School Lane, Stalybridge, while the owner was present.

Council officers carried out an investigation and identified the suspect. He pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. He did not attend and was convicted in his absence.

Tameside Council seeks to deal with matters such as these by way of fixed penalty notices. Westley did not pay his and court action followed.

Cllr John Taylor, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for enforcement, said: “I cannot understand why a tiny number of dog-owners are so irresponsible and think it is okay to let their pets foul our streets, parks and playing fields.

“It’s not hard for them to pick up after their dog and dispose of the waste at home or in the nearest bin. If they fail to do so they leave us with no alternative than to take enforcement action.”