Council prosecutes man for not clearing up dog fouling on Midsummer Common

News release from 15 February 2017, 1:12pm

IN A PROSECUTION brought by Cambridge City Council, a Cambridge man has been ordered to pay a fine and legal costs for failing to clear up dog mess on Midsummer Common.

Jacob Hackin of Shelly Row, Cambridge was ordered to pay a total of £230 by Cambridge Magistrates on Thursday 19 January for failing to clear up dog fouling which is an offence under the Fouling of Land by Dogs (City of Cambridge) Order 2013.

Mr Hackin was witnessed failing to clear up dog fouling at Midsummer Common by one of the city council’s public realm enforcement officers and was issued with a fixed penalty notice as an alternative to prosecution. When he failed to pay the fine the matter was referred to the court.

Mr Hackin attended court and entered a plea of guilty.  In mitigation Mr Hackin said he was stupid not to have paid the fixed penalty notice. As a result of this successful prosecution, he was ordered to pay a total of £230 which was a fine of £75, as well as a contribution towards the council’s costs of £125 and a £30 victim surcharge.

Between April 2015 and March 2016, the council issued a total of 15 fixed penalty notices for dog fouling in Cambridge, of which 93% paid the fixed penalty notices within the 14 day period. The money collected from the fixed penalties is retained by the council and invested in practical activities to ensure that streets, parks and other public spaces remain clean, safe and pleasant places to be.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, said: “All dog owners or handlers are responsible for clearing up after their dog.  In the city we provide lots of dog poo and litter bins for people to be able to use on both our streets and parks, and if people really can’t find a bin they should take their dogs’ mess away with them.

“The vast majority of people are rightly proud of their city and do their utmost to keep it clean and tidy. I hope this first prosecution for dog fouling sends a clear message that people who don't pick up their dogs' mess will not be tolerated in Cambridge.” 

The council’s dog warden service balances its enforcement activity with education to encourage people to dispose of their rubbish legally and responsibly.  To help dog owners do this, dog poo bags are available free of charge from the council’s Guildhall and Mandela House receptions, which are open Monday-Friday: 9am to 5.15pm.