Pensioner £450 out of pocket for not cleaning up dog poo in Caister

Message to dog owners. Clean it Up slogan on the pavement in Gorleston.
Picture: James Bass

Message to dog owners. Clean it Up slogan on the pavement in Gorleston. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A pensioner was left £450 out of pocket for not cleaning up after his dog.

John Jenkins, 72, of Perebrown Avenue, Great Yarmouth, was found guilty by magistrates on June 22.

The offence happened on September 13, 2016 near the sea wall at the beach end of the cut-through at the northern side of Elm Beach Caravan Park, Caister.

A witness reported him to Great Yarmouth Borough Council, which investigated and built the case against him.

Mr Jenkins was fined £180 and told to pay £240 costs plus a £30 victim surcharge.

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It is the 20th successful dog-fouling prosecution in less than three years by the borough.'

Chairman of the environment committee, Carl Smith, said: 'Dog-fouling is a crime that happens nationwide, but in Great Yarmouth we work proactively to tackle that minority of dog-owners who pollute the environment for everyone, including for the responsible owners who always pick up their dog's mess, bag it and bin it.'

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'The public are overwhelmingly in support of this approach, which helps to ensure our public spaces are as clean as possible for our residents and tourists. And we urge people to continue providing tip-offs, because as this case once again proves, we will follow them up.

'The Rangers have a 100 per cent success rate for their dog-fouling prosecutions, which I'm told goes back at least 15 years, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rangers for their continuing hard work.'

Anyone who witnesses an environmental crime in the borough or has information that may help to identify an offender should contact the Environmental Rangers and provide as much information as possible, such as the location and time of the offence, description of the offender(s) and dog, and the registration number of any vehicle involved. The quickest way to report is to download the Report IT GY App, or you can call 01493 846478.

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