Northamptonshire resident fined £410 after failing to clear up dog mess

Kettering Council are continuing to combat dog fouling offences.
Kettering Council are continuing to combat dog fouling offences.

A pet owner has been fined £410 for allowing his dog to foul in a public place and failing to clear it up.

In a clampdown on irresponsible dog owners, Kettering Council issued Mark Willcoxson of Highfield Road, Kettering, with a fixed penalty notice of £75 when he failed to clear up after his dog had fouled in Church Walk, Kettering.

Mr Willcoxson failed to pay and was then prosecuted.

He pleaded guilty at the town’s magistrates’ court and was fined £120 and ordered to pay £120 costs to the council.

The court also ordered him to pay a £150 mandatory criminal court charge as well as a £20 victim surcharge.

Earlier this year, Kettering Council extended its ‘We’re watching you’ campaign to reduce dog fouling and continues to combat the issue.

Head of environmental health Cllr Shirley Plenderleith said: “The council is committed to taking a tough stance on tackling dog fouling.

“This successful prosecution sends out a clear message to the minority of dog walkers who act irresponsibly.”

Kettering Council encourages residents to report incidents of dog fouling by contacting 01536 410333.