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Dog dirt-covered garden costs pet owner almost £2,000

1 February 2017

A dog owner who allowed so much dog faeces to gather in his garden that it caused a statutory nuisance was fined almost £2,000 by magistrates yesterday (Tuesday 31 January).

Sheffield City Council’s Environmental Protection Service successfully prosecuted William Cocking, of Limpsfield Road, Wincobank.

He has now been ordered to pay out a total of £1,844 following the hearing at Sheffield Magistrates Court.

The court heard that complaints had been received about the state of Mr Cocking’s garden since 2014, and that council officers had contacted Mr Cocking about the matter many times.

In February 2016, the issue because so serious that Sheffield City Council served an Abatement Notice on him.

Mr Cocking ignored the notice and allowed the amount of dog faeces to build up. He was prosecuted for two offences of failing to comply, in June 2016 and again in November 2016.

He was found guilty of both offences by magistrates yesterday, and fined £880 plus court costs of £880. He was also required to pay a £44 victim surcharge.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said:

“The council tries very hard to help residents to keep their land tidy.  Accumulations like these can not only cause smell problems to neighbours but also encourages rats.

“We were disappointed that our communications were ignored and that it took a court case to deal with this matter.

“We hope that this sends a message out to all residents to keep their gardens tidy.”