£208 fine for Louth man over dog mess sends a ‘strong message’

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You have been warned. That’s the message from East Lindsey District Council after a Louth man was forced to fork out over £200 after failing to clean up after his dog.

Philip Charles Raddings, of Monks’ Dyke Road, was initially handed a £75 fixed penalty notice by the authority after he was seen by ELDC’s dog warden walking away after his dog fouled in the Gatherums on November 28 last year.

Raddings failed to pay the fine so the district council took him to court.

His case was heard at Skegness Magistrates Court on Thursday, April 18 where he was found guilty in his absence and subsequently fined £100 and ordered to pay £84 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

The prosecution comes just days after the district council reaffirmed its commitment to clamping down on irresponsible dog owners in East Lindsey through its ‘Not on my Street’ campaign.

“Dog fouling is a blight on our communities and the council and community need to work closely together to identify offenders so we can clean up our streets,” said enforcement officer Kristina West.

“This prosecution sends a strong message to irresponsible dog owners that action will be taken and it can be costly.”

According to ELDC, a total of nine fixed penalty notices have been issued in the East Lindsey district in the past year.

In recent weeks the district council’s dog wardens have been patrolling with local PCSOs and have issued further £75 fixed penalty notices to offenders.

“Part of the problem is catching people, which is why we are encouraging people to come forward with evidence to help us,” said spokesman James Gilbert.

The district council is continuing to encourage people to provide details of those people who are known to not clean up after their dogs by emailing dog.wardens@e-lindsey.gov.uk so action can be taken.

People can show their support for the campaign by downloading a poster for their window at www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/notonmystreet.