Easington man facing £400 legal bill after failing to clean up after his dog

A County Durham man is facing a legal bill of almost £400 after failing to clean up after his dog.

Ralph Kettell, 51, from Station Road, Easington Colliery, was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) after a neighbourhood warden from Durham County Council spotted his Jack Russell fouling on land near Kettell’s home.

Kettell was summonsed to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrate’s Court after failing to pay the FPN. He did not attend court and did not enter a plea.

The case was proved in his absence and he was fined £220 and ordered to pay £130 in legal costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Ian Hoult, Durham County Council’s neighbourhood protection manager, said: “Dog fouling is detrimental to the environment and poses a health risk, particularly to children. It’s important that people understand that it will not be tolerated in our communities.

“We appreciate that most people do the right thing and pick up after their pet. However, we will take action against those who don’t and would ask that the public support us by reporting dog fouling by calling 03000 26 00 00 or visiting www.durham.gov.uk/dogfouling.”