Edgworth man ordered to pay £450 for failing to clean up dog muck

Blackburn Magistrates Court

Blackburn Magistrates Court

First published in News

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.”

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1:24pm Tue 28 Jan 14

I, Ludicrous says...

Not sure that I'd ever envisage myself typing this, but well done Blackburn with Darwen Council.
Not sure that I'd ever envisage myself typing this, but well done Blackburn with Darwen Council. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 29

2:11pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Darren1951 says...

I, Ludicrous wrote:
Not sure that I'd ever envisage myself typing this, but well done Blackburn with Darwen Council.
It's a pity they don't do the same with the imbeciles who let their dogs decorate the pavements almost every day in the Railway Road and Atlas Road area of Darwen.
[quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: Not sure that I'd ever envisage myself typing this, but well done Blackburn with Darwen Council.[/p][/quote]It's a pity they don't do the same with the imbeciles who let their dogs decorate the pavements almost every day in the Railway Road and Atlas Road area of Darwen. Darren1951
  • Score: 12

3:42pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Dog ears says...

Well done Blackburn with Darwen Dog Wardens, let us hope that this is the first of many.
Well done Blackburn with Darwen Dog Wardens, let us hope that this is the first of many. Dog ears
  • Score: 10

5:19pm Tue 28 Jan 14

goldie47 says...

well done,,if anything the fine sholud have been a lot more.....shame bolton council take very little action,especially in the harwood and bradshaw areas
well done,,if anything the fine sholud have been a lot more.....shame bolton council take very little action,especially in the harwood and bradshaw areas goldie47
  • Score: 5

5:41pm Tue 28 Jan 14

The Running Man says...

goldie47 wrote:
well done,,if anything the fine sholud have been a lot more.....shame bolton council take very little action,especially in the harwood and bradshaw areas
Couldn't agree more. I think it's great for people to have pets but with ownership comes responsibility. If you don't want the responsibility move to James Turner Street with all the other n'er do wells or don't get a pet in the first place!
[quote][p][bold]goldie47[/bold] wrote: well done,,if anything the fine sholud have been a lot more.....shame bolton council take very little action,especially in the harwood and bradshaw areas[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. I think it's great for people to have pets but with ownership comes responsibility. If you don't want the responsibility move to James Turner Street with all the other n'er do wells or don't get a pet in the first place! The Running Man
  • Score: 8

6:26pm Tue 28 Jan 14

boltonnut says...

I agree with the hefty fine but it seems a little out of line when people who commit more serious crimes get away with smaller penalties.Ah well, sh*t happens.
I agree with the hefty fine but it seems a little out of line when people who commit more serious crimes get away with smaller penalties.Ah well, sh*t happens. boltonnut
  • Score: 9

10:50am Wed 29 Jan 14

JOHN HIGHAM says...

Was it the DOG or the dog owner that crapped on the street ????? If it was the dog and not the dog owners does this mean that people with horses are also getting fined ??????
Was it the DOG or the dog owner that crapped on the street ????? If it was the dog and not the dog owners does this mean that people with horses are also getting fined ?????? JOHN HIGHAM
  • Score: -2

11:52am Wed 29 Jan 14

melloj says...

JOHN HIGHAM wrote:
Was it the DOG or the dog owner that crapped on the street ????? If it was the dog and not the dog owners does this mean that people with horses are also getting fined ??????
Dog sh*t carries a number of diseases that can blind a child, in fact this happened in Bolton a few years back. Horse manure isn't as filthy and in fact is useful agriculturally. So your statement is pointless. And how can dog clean up after itself..Moron.
[quote][p][bold]JOHN HIGHAM[/bold] wrote: Was it the DOG or the dog owner that crapped on the street ????? If it was the dog and not the dog owners does this mean that people with horses are also getting fined ??????[/p][/quote]Dog sh*t carries a number of diseases that can blind a child, in fact this happened in Bolton a few years back. Horse manure isn't as filthy and in fact is useful agriculturally. So your statement is pointless. And how can dog clean up after itself..Moron. melloj
  • Score: 3

11:54am Wed 29 Jan 14

lv8151 says...

JOHN HIGHAM wrote:
Was it the DOG or the dog owner that crapped on the street ????? If it was the dog and not the dog owners does this mean that people with horses are also getting fined ??????
horses dont eat meat so their dung is nowhere near as dangerous as dog turds ..... unlike the the cats that come from the terraced houses across the road and 5h1t all over my garden
[quote][p][bold]JOHN HIGHAM[/bold] wrote: Was it the DOG or the dog owner that crapped on the street ????? If it was the dog and not the dog owners does this mean that people with horses are also getting fined ??????[/p][/quote]horses dont eat meat so their dung is nowhere near as dangerous as dog turds ..... unlike the the cats that come from the terraced houses across the road and 5h1t all over my garden lv8151
  • Score: 3

1:04pm Wed 29 Jan 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Get round to Entwistle reservoir and make a few thousand pounds in fines, The low life scumbags who fail to clean up after there "pets" should have there noses rubbed in it.
The half wit who comments on Horse manure being the same is obviously a dog owner with no other argument and no interest in the consequences of walking in the s**t.
Get round to Entwistle reservoir and make a few thousand pounds in fines, The low life scumbags who fail to clean up after there "pets" should have there noses rubbed in it. The half wit who comments on Horse manure being the same is obviously a dog owner with no other argument and no interest in the consequences of walking in the s**t. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 1

2:19pm Wed 29 Jan 14

JShepard says...

I'll start by saying it's not actually possible to always clean up after a dog. If the dog defecates in very long grass, has diarrhea or goes in a bush. It is almost impossible to clean up after. Unless you're happy to have your arm smeared in feces or alternatively you're willing to carry a straw.

The other problem is that the council flat our refuses to place new rubbish bins and flat out refuses to empty them when they're full. I have asked numerous times over the years for bins to be placed so that people are not required to walk half a mile to find a bin. However they have no qualms putting up six million sticky posters warning that you will be fined for dog fouling.

If Bolton council actually cares about this issue maybe they should take a stroll and enjoy the wonderful festive decorations of dog poo bin bags hanging from trees.
I'll start by saying it's not actually possible to always clean up after a dog. If the dog defecates in very long grass, has diarrhea or goes in a bush. It is almost impossible to clean up after. Unless you're happy to have your arm smeared in feces or alternatively you're willing to carry a straw. The other problem is that the council flat our refuses to place new rubbish bins and flat out refuses to empty them when they're full. I have asked numerous times over the years for bins to be placed so that people are not required to walk half a mile to find a bin. However they have no qualms putting up six million sticky posters warning that you will be fined for dog fouling. If Bolton council actually cares about this issue maybe they should take a stroll and enjoy the wonderful festive decorations of dog poo bin bags hanging from trees. JShepard
  • Score: 0

4:01pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Labradorlover says...

As a dog owner I always clear up after my dog however there are some dog owners who give the rest of us a bad name. Can all dog owners using Fall Birch Road and High Rid reservoir please take your dog mess home. Those of you who do pick it up but then leave the bags full of poo hanging from the trees also refrain from doing so. Would you like someone to hang bags of dog poo around your property ? No, I didn`t think so.
As a dog owner I always clear up after my dog however there are some dog owners who give the rest of us a bad name. Can all dog owners using Fall Birch Road and High Rid reservoir please take your dog mess home. Those of you who do pick it up but then leave the bags full of poo hanging from the trees also refrain from doing so. Would you like someone to hang bags of dog poo around your property ? No, I didn`t think so. Labradorlover
  • Score: 3

4:42pm Wed 29 Jan 14

GrumpyB says...

JShepard wrote:
I'll start by saying it's not actually possible to always clean up after a dog. If the dog defecates in very long grass, has diarrhea or goes in a bush. It is almost impossible to clean up after. Unless you're happy to have your arm smeared in feces or alternatively you're willing to carry a straw.

The other problem is that the council flat our refuses to place new rubbish bins and flat out refuses to empty them when they're full. I have asked numerous times over the years for bins to be placed so that people are not required to walk half a mile to find a bin. However they have no qualms putting up six million sticky posters warning that you will be fined for dog fouling.

If Bolton council actually cares about this issue maybe they should take a stroll and enjoy the wonderful festive decorations of dog poo bin bags hanging from trees.
if you don't want to clean the mess don't have a pet.. end of.... if you had a child that had diarrhea would you make the same statement?.

Fines should be more in my eyes!
[quote][p][bold]JShepard[/bold] wrote: I'll start by saying it's not actually possible to always clean up after a dog. If the dog defecates in very long grass, has diarrhea or goes in a bush. It is almost impossible to clean up after. Unless you're happy to have your arm smeared in feces or alternatively you're willing to carry a straw. The other problem is that the council flat our refuses to place new rubbish bins and flat out refuses to empty them when they're full. I have asked numerous times over the years for bins to be placed so that people are not required to walk half a mile to find a bin. However they have no qualms putting up six million sticky posters warning that you will be fined for dog fouling. If Bolton council actually cares about this issue maybe they should take a stroll and enjoy the wonderful festive decorations of dog poo bin bags hanging from trees.[/p][/quote]if you don't want to clean the mess don't have a pet.. end of.... if you had a child that had diarrhea would you make the same statement?. Fines should be more in my eyes! GrumpyB
  • Score: 0

4:49pm Wed 29 Jan 14

lv8151 says...

GrumpyB wrote:
JShepard wrote:
I'll start by saying it's not actually possible to always clean up after a dog. If the dog defecates in very long grass, has diarrhea or goes in a bush. It is almost impossible to clean up after. Unless you're happy to have your arm smeared in feces or alternatively you're willing to carry a straw.

The other problem is that the council flat our refuses to place new rubbish bins and flat out refuses to empty them when they're full. I have asked numerous times over the years for bins to be placed so that people are not required to walk half a mile to find a bin. However they have no qualms putting up six million sticky posters warning that you will be fined for dog fouling.

If Bolton council actually cares about this issue maybe they should take a stroll and enjoy the wonderful festive decorations of dog poo bin bags hanging from trees.
if you don't want to clean the mess don't have a pet.. end of.... if you had a child that had diarrhea would you make the same statement?.

Fines should be more in my eyes!
if your kid had diarrhea and had to make an emergency stop on a walk for a dump ..... just interested .... how would you clean it up .... i see how you got your name GrumpyB
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyB[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JShepard[/bold] wrote: I'll start by saying it's not actually possible to always clean up after a dog. If the dog defecates in very long grass, has diarrhea or goes in a bush. It is almost impossible to clean up after. Unless you're happy to have your arm smeared in feces or alternatively you're willing to carry a straw. The other problem is that the council flat our refuses to place new rubbish bins and flat out refuses to empty them when they're full. I have asked numerous times over the years for bins to be placed so that people are not required to walk half a mile to find a bin. However they have no qualms putting up six million sticky posters warning that you will be fined for dog fouling. If Bolton council actually cares about this issue maybe they should take a stroll and enjoy the wonderful festive decorations of dog poo bin bags hanging from trees.[/p][/quote]if you don't want to clean the mess don't have a pet.. end of.... if you had a child that had diarrhea would you make the same statement?. Fines should be more in my eyes![/p][/quote]if your kid had diarrhea and had to make an emergency stop on a walk for a dump ..... just interested .... how would you clean it up .... i see how you got your name GrumpyB lv8151
  • Score: 2

5:06pm Wed 29 Jan 14

JShepard says...

GrumpyB wrote:
JShepard wrote:
I'll start by saying it's not actually possible to always clean up after a dog. If the dog defecates in very long grass, has diarrhea or goes in a bush. It is almost impossible to clean up after. Unless you're happy to have your arm smeared in feces or alternatively you're willing to carry a straw.

The other problem is that the council flat our refuses to place new rubbish bins and flat out refuses to empty them when they're full. I have asked numerous times over the years for bins to be placed so that people are not required to walk half a mile to find a bin. However they have no qualms putting up six million sticky posters warning that you will be fined for dog fouling.

If Bolton council actually cares about this issue maybe they should take a stroll and enjoy the wonderful festive decorations of dog poo bin bags hanging from trees.
if you don't want to clean the mess don't have a pet.. end of.... if you had a child that had diarrhea would you make the same statement?.

Fines should be more in my eyes!
Interesting point. Sorry what I meant to say was that your opinion was of no use to anybody.

The issue is simple. If the council refuses to provide bins and refuses to empty them on a regular basis the effect of that is people refusing to clean up after their dogs. I'd complain more about the issue but whilst out today, I slipped on rubbish that had been fly tipped down a foothpath that has been there for over a year, nearly hitting my head on a brick.

Thankfully the council has got its priorities right. Which is doing as little as possible.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyB[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JShepard[/bold] wrote: I'll start by saying it's not actually possible to always clean up after a dog. If the dog defecates in very long grass, has diarrhea or goes in a bush. It is almost impossible to clean up after. Unless you're happy to have your arm smeared in feces or alternatively you're willing to carry a straw. The other problem is that the council flat our refuses to place new rubbish bins and flat out refuses to empty them when they're full. I have asked numerous times over the years for bins to be placed so that people are not required to walk half a mile to find a bin. However they have no qualms putting up six million sticky posters warning that you will be fined for dog fouling. If Bolton council actually cares about this issue maybe they should take a stroll and enjoy the wonderful festive decorations of dog poo bin bags hanging from trees.[/p][/quote]if you don't want to clean the mess don't have a pet.. end of.... if you had a child that had diarrhea would you make the same statement?. Fines should be more in my eyes![/p][/quote]Interesting point. Sorry what I meant to say was that your opinion was of no use to anybody. The issue is simple. If the council refuses to provide bins and refuses to empty them on a regular basis the effect of that is people refusing to clean up after their dogs. I'd complain more about the issue but whilst out today, I slipped on rubbish that had been fly tipped down a foothpath that has been there for over a year, nearly hitting my head on a brick. Thankfully the council has got its priorities right. Which is doing as little as possible. JShepard
  • Score: -1

9:12pm Wed 29 Jan 14

pendletrotter says...

Funny how all dog owners pick up!

Easy fix for those who don't
Employ Self Employed Dog Wardens & Pay 50% Commission on all monies taken
1st offence £50 Fine
2nd Double
3rd Double again
4th Double again
5th Shoot Dog or better still Shoot Owner
As a compromise ban all pet ownership for 10 years
Funny how all dog owners pick up! Easy fix for those who don't Employ Self Employed Dog Wardens & Pay 50% Commission on all monies taken 1st offence £50 Fine 2nd Double 3rd Double again 4th Double again 5th Shoot Dog or better still Shoot Owner As a compromise ban all pet ownership for 10 years pendletrotter
  • Score: 0

1:06pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Shellmazzauk says...

Very much doubt it was the council that heroically reported this more likely to be some nosey neighbour with some kind of grudge. And what exactly is the £20 victims fee for? Time cleaning Sh1t off ones shoe?

As someone else said its a shame there isn't more being done about more serious crimes.
Very much doubt it was the council that heroically reported this more likely to be some nosey neighbour with some kind of grudge. And what exactly is the £20 victims fee for? Time cleaning Sh1t off ones shoe? As someone else said its a shame there isn't more being done about more serious crimes. Shellmazzauk
  • Score: 0

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