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Corby man ordered to pay after failing to clean up dog mess

A dog owner in Northamptonshire has been ordered to pay nearly £1,400 after being prosecuted for failing to pick up after his pet.

Robin Ambris-Ferguson, of Coldermeadow Avenue in Corby, was spotted by neighbourhood wardens allowing his dog to foul.

The 70-year-old was issued with a fixed penalty notice which he failed to pay and was subsequently summoned to court.

He pleaded not guilty at Wellingborough magistrates' court but was prosecuted.

The fine for the offence was £100, but the costs amounted to £777.50 with a victim surcharge of £15.

'Costly mistake'

Ambris-Ferguson appealed the decision but was again found guilty.

Northampton Crown Court ordered him to pay further costs of £500, which were added onto the initial fine, which came to £1,392.50.

Corby Borough Council's lead member for the environment, councillor Peter McEwan, said: "We are committed to keeping Corby clean as are the majority of our residents, therefore we will take action should someone litter our Borough with rubbish or dog fouling.

"This prosecution shows that taking the risk of not picking up after yourself or your pets can be a costly mistake.

"We hope that the minority of people who don't think it is important to keep our Borough clean will take notice."

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