A DOG owner has been ordered to pay more than £450 after failing to clear up his pet’s mess in Edgworth.

Thomas Lewis, aged 26, of Crown Point, Edgworth, was found to be in breach of the Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 Dog Control Regulations 2006. A fixed penalty notice was issued to Lewis but no payment was received.

Lewis, who did not turn up to the hearing at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court and entered no plea, was fined £75 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £359.

New dog fouling signs have since been put up in the area of Edgworth where the incident took place.

Cllr Jim Smith, executive member for environment at Blackburn with Darwen Council said: “This type of disgusting behaviour is totally at odds with the vast majority of our borough’s residents, who want to see their streets clean.”