Raymond Towse, of Tyne, East Tilbury, has been ordered to pay fines and costs of £1,439 after being found guilty of failing to clear large amounts of dog mess from his garden.
Towse was found guilty in his absence after failing to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Monday (November 19th). The court heard his garden had become covered with dog faeces from the animals he kept at the property and this was causing an “odour nuisance” to neighbours as well as attracting many flies.
Thurrock Council Environmental Protection Officers wrote to Towse but after he failed to clear the mess an abatement notice was served requiring clearance to take place within 21 days. The court heard that officers made further visits to the property and found no major change in the situation, therefore breaching the notice. A recent visit made to the property again on Friday (November 16th) showed there were still accumulations of dog faeces present that had not been cleared, and there was still no significant improvement in the situation.
Finding him guilty, the court ordered Towse to pay a fine of £525, full costs of £899 and a £15 victim surcharge.