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Foul trio prosecuted

Published Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Three dog owners have been fined by magistrates in the last three weeks after they were prosecuted by Enfield Council for failing to clean up after their pets fouled in the street.

The filthy trio were ordered to pay a total of £1,618.20 during separate hearings after each was being spotted by a Police Community Support Officers brazenly walking off without cleaning up after their pets defecated in the street. Had they paid the fixed penalty notices they were issued at the time they were caught, each would have paid £80.
 
Robert Wiggs, of South Street, Enfield, was caught by a PCSO at 3.45pm on 22 January walking off after allowing his dog to defecate on a grassy area next to a footpath in Ponders End Recreation Ground. 
 
When challenged he claimed not to have any bags to clean up after his pet and was issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice, but failed to pay and was instead prosecuted. At his hearing on August 7 he pleaded guilty by post and was ordered to pay a £80 fine, £20 Victim Surcharge and £150 costs. 
 
Lorrie-Anne Fenton-Paul of Grampian House, Edmonton, did not appear in court for her hearing trial on July 17 but was found guilty in her absence and fined £200, ordered to pay costs of £354.10 and a £20 victim surcharge. 
 
She was spotted by two PCSOs on 17 January walking her dog in Menon Drive, Edmonton, while on her mobile phone. She stopped walking to allow her pet to defecate on the pavement, then looked up and down the street and proceeded to walk away without making any effort to clean up after the animal. 
 
On being approached by the PCSOs she admitted knowing it was an offence to allow her dog to foul and not clean up after it and admitted she didn’t have bags with her to clean up after it. She was also issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice, which she failed to pay and was instead prosecuted by Enfield Council. 
 
Franco Vignales of Ramney Drive, Enfield, did not attend court for his hearing on 31 July but was found guilty in his absence and fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £345.10 and a £40 victim surcharge.
 
He was spotted letting his dog foul in bushes near the entrance to Soham Park car park by three PCSOs and then walk off, when challenged he claimed he didn’t have any bags to clean up after the animal because he was wearing a new coat. He was issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice, which remains unpaid and was consequently prosecuted by Enfield Council.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Allowing your pet to foul in the street and then leaving the mess for someone else to stand in is pretty despicable and disgusting behaviour and I’m satisfied these people have been prosecuted for their abject lack of consideration for their fellow human beings.
 
“Not only were these dog owners revolting for failing to clean up after their animals. they were also irresponsible. By refusing to take responsibility for their own actions and failing to pay their fixed penalty notices, they have ended up being prosecuted for failing to pay their debt to society and will now have to fork out much more.
 
“We’ll carry on taking appropriate action against people who think they can behave however they see fit and I hope the courts will continue to punish offenders with penalties that act as a real deterrent to others who are considering a similar course of action.” 

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