Chafford man incurs more costs over dog foul fine

A MAN who was fined £500 and ordered to pay over £1,000 in costs for allowing his dog to foul in a public area has withdrawn his appeal – incurring even more costs.

In December at Basildon Magistrates, 31-year-old Paul Halcrow, of Plymouth Road, Chafford Hundred, was found guilty in his absence of allowing his boxer dog to foul a grassed area near his home. He was fined £500 with costs of £1,210.52, The magistrates also imposed a victim surcharge of £50.

Halcrow decided to appeal the conviction, but the council has now had confirmation the appeal has been withdrawn, leaving him with a bill of £1,450, for the additional costs.

Cllr Phil Smith, portfolio holder for pubic protection, said: “Thurrock Council takes the issue of dogs fouling public areas very seriously.

“We worked closely with local people in Chafford Hundred to get the initial result and the fact this gentleman has now decided to withdraw his appeal shows we don’t go to court without a strong case.

“My predecessor was determined to make sure this part of our enforcement responsibility was followed through properly and I am equally resolved this should be so.

“People should clear up after their pets – it’s simply not acceptable in this day and age for animals to be allowed to roam and foul public areas. It’s dirty and it’s dangerous, especially for children playing nearby.

“I hope this story reinforces that message.”

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