Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent woman fined over piles of dog mess

The garden Image copyright Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Image caption Site inspections found the dog faeces in the garden of the property on Argyll Road

A woman has been fined for failing to remove piles of dog mess from her garden in Stoke-on-Trent.

Ria Parks, 34, ignored a community protection notice (CPN) by not clearing up the faeces in the yard of her home, the Stoke Sentinel reported.

A number of site inspections found dog faeces in the rear garden of the property on Argyll Road, Normacot, Stoke-on-Trent City Council said.

Ms Parks was ordered to pay fines and costs of £430.

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She was convicted in her absence of two counts of failing to comply with the CPN at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on 27 February.

The charges related to failing to remove dog faeces from the rear yard at the property and failing to keep wheelie bins within the boundary of the property.

Councillor Terry Follows, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure at the city council, said the authority takes a "zero tolerance" approach to environmental crime.

"This prosecution shows the courts recognise the need to protect the environment for local people.

"In this particular case the occupant had received several warnings from our officers, but refused to deal with the mess. Not only is an accumulation of waste like this unsightly and unpleasant for those living nearby, it can also attract rats and flies to the area which is not fair on others," he added.

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