A man who failed to pick up after his pooch has been ordered to pay £885.
Bradley Collinge-Turpin, 21, of Hornchurch Road in Ernesettle was found guilty of failing to clean up after his dog, in breach of the Public Space Protection Order, in his absence at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
The court heard how a member of the public had witnessed Collinge-Turpin knowingly walk away from mess his dog had made in May 2019.
The witness offered him a bag to pick up the poo but this was refused and so they followed the defendant to his address and attempted to confront him.
They later reported the incident to the Council and because they were able to identify Collinge-Turpin, a fixed penalty notice for £100 was issued.
However, despite many reminders, the FPN went unpaid and he was summoned to appear before the courts.
Collinge-Turpin was fined £440, made to pay £401 costs as well as a £44 victim surcharge. He must now make payment within 28 days.
Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “One of the biggest complaints we get from residents is about dog fouling. It’s disgusting, it is not acceptable and we won’t tolerate it.
“We will not hesitate to pursue people who show a lack of respect for this city and its residents and we welcome the firm hand shown by the magistrates.”
Dog fouling is prohibited in Plymouth by a city-wide Public Space Protection Order. The order also covers dog control.
Have you spotted someone let their dog foul? Can you identify them? Then report it to us.
Nobody likes dog fouling. Let’s put a stop to it.
Report it here: www.plymouth.gov.uk/dogcontrol