Man fined for dog fouling offence in centre of Chester

1 April 2021

A Deeside man has been fined £404 for a dog fouling offence in the centre of Chester after he failed to pay a fixed penalty notice.

Maurice Leonard Taylor (48) of Quay Wharf, Connah's Quay, Deeside, was found guilty of the offence at Chester Magistrates Court on 24 March and was fined £220, ordered to pay costs of £150 and a victim surcharge of £34.

The dog fouling offence occurred in Chester in September 2020, where Taylor was observed by CCTV operators allowing his dog to foul on Frodsham Street without bagging and removing the waste.

CCTV operators contacted Council Enforcement Officers over the radio and they issued Taylor with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for the offence on the spot. Taylor then failed to pay the FPN.

The Council's Head of Regulatory Services, Andrew Rees said: "The outcome of this case will be welcomed by Cheshire West residents who simply won't stand for the irresponsible behaviour of just a few people anymore.

"Please help your community and Council take a stand against dog fouling in your area; tell us, in confidence as much information as you can about any incidents."

Anyone who fails to pick up after their dog will have to pay an on the spot fine of £100 or a fine of up to £1,000 if taken to court.

Please report dog fouling on the council website. The Council needs details like the name of the owner; a description of the dog; the location; the time(s); car registration number; or where the offender lives.

Bagging dog mess and leaving the bag behind is also littering offence and also carries a £120 on the spot fine or a fine of up to £2,500 in court.

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