A CHAFFORD Hundred man will be receiving a bill for over £1,700 after allowing his dog to foul in a public area and not clear up afterwards..
On Monday (9 December) at Basildon Magistrate’s Court, 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.
The incident happened in March and Halcrow – who had initially denied the offence – failed to appear at three previous hearings.
Thurrock Council officers had stepped up patrols in the area following complaints by residents of the estate and photographic evidence was produced in court.
Magistrates fined Halcrow £500 with costs £1,210.52, and imposed a victim surcharge of £50. A 14 day collection order was made on the fine.
Cllr Angie Gaywood, the council’s portfolio holder for public protection, said: “While Thurrock Council wants to crack down hard on this sort of environmental crime and welcomes Monday’s decision by the magistrates, it would prefer to sort things out more quickly.
“Had this man engaged with the council he could have been offered a £75 fixed penalty fine, not a £1,700 bill from magistrates’ court two weeks before Christmas.”