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Huge fines handed out in Wirral court for dog fouling

clip_image002The first prosecutions have been handed out in Wirral as a result of people not paying their original Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for not clearing up their dog mess.

Four people have been found guilty at Wirral Magistrates Court after not paying their FPNs. They did not attend their court hearings and so were found guilty in their absence.

The four will now have to pay a fine of £400 each. If they had paid the original FPN that they were issued with, they would only have had to pay £50, so had to pay an extra £350 for not paying upfront.

Kingdom is responsible for delivering and enforcing a council crackdown in Wirral on behalf of Wirral Borough Council to tackle dog fouling in public places. They started tackling dog fouling in Wirral on 9th May 2016. Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers issue £50 FPNs to irresponsible dog owners who fail to clean up after their dog. The enforcement is intelligence led, with officers spending most of their time in areas where there are particular dog fouling problems reported. People can let the council know about dog fouling problems by reporting them online. The crackdown is already proving to be a success.

Kingdom’s officers have been providing a range of environmental protection services on behalf of Wirral Borough Council for over 15 months now. They first started a three year contract to tackle litter on behalf of the council in July 2015, and made headlines for giving out 139 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) within their first two days on the job, and more than 1,100 FPNs in the first month, which was more than 10 times the 90 FPNs that had been given out in the entire previous five years. Their contract was extended to tackle people dumping rubbish in alleyways in April 2016.

As part of the initiative there is also an awareness-raising campaign focusing on the groups of people most affected by dog mess, such as wheelchair users, parents with prams and buggies and children playing in parks and open spaces. Dog owners are reminded that bagged dog mess can be put in any of the 4,000 public litter bins in the borough, or can be taken home and put in their waste bin. People caught disposing of dog mess inappropriately are fined under litter legislation with a fixed penalty of £80.

Commenting on the court cases, Wirral Council’s cabinet member for environment, Cllr Bernie Mooney, said: “Wirral Council is taking a zero tolerance approach and pursuing this matter through the court is an important development as it shows that when we pledged to use all of the powers we have at our disposal to address dog fouling, we meant business.”

Michael Fisher, who is in charge of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division, said: “Our aim is to patrol in an ‘intelligence-led’ manner focusing our controls on identified litter hot-spots operating a robust but always proportionate methodology to tackle the problem, using a wide range of technical support including body worn cameras and a ‘real time’ capability of verifying details provided in the event of transgressions being identified.”

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