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Ipswich: Dog walker Janet Beckwith fined for failing to clear up after her pet

17:20 08 July 2014

Woman fined over dog fouling

Woman fined over dog fouling

A dog walker has got herself in a fine mess after she tried to sidestep a £50 fixed penalty for failing to clean up when her pet fouled on an Ipswich river path.

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Now magistrates have ordered Janet Beckwith, of Riverside Road, Ipswich, to pay £320 in fines and costs after she was taken to court.

During a rare prosecution by the borough council it was alleged Beckwith also verbally abused a waste enforcement officer and gave him false address details.

Beckwith was convicted of being in charge of a dog and failing to remove faeces from designated land when her case came before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court. The 46-year-old had denied the charge.

The incident occurred on the river path alongside Bramford Road on November 12 just before 4.30pm.

Beckwith was seen walking two Alsatian type dogs, letting one of the animals defecate on the ground and leaving the mess there.

The waste enforcement officer, who was only five feet away, challenged Beckwith explaining it was an offence not to clear it up.

She refused to give him her details and was said to have become aggressive and threatening.

The official followed Beckwith for a short distance before she turned and shouted at him “I live at 139 Bramford Lane”.

She then started talking to a group of people and the officer decided to leave in case a further altercation took place.

The following day the officer checked the address Beckwith had given, only to find it did not exist.

Later that day the same officer spotted Beckwith in Bramford Road.

He followed her back to her address in Riverside Road, knocked on the door and asked to see some identification.

Beckwith was said to have been abusive in reply. She also admitted lying about her address previously.

The officer repeated his request for identification and Beckwith gave him her driving licence.

He told her she would be reported for the offence to which she was alleged to have sworn again.

Beckwith was sent a £50 fixed penalty for dog fouling.

On November 26 the officer’s line manager told him he had received a telephone call from Beckwith who stated she had cleaned up after her dog and had picked up the dog’s faeces. The officer was adamant Beckwith had not done so.

By April 23 the fine remained unpaid and despite a final seven-day reminder being sent legal action commenced following the expiry of the deadline.

Magistrates fined Beckwith £100 and ordered her to pay costs of £200. She was also told to pay £20 to the victims’ fund.

After the case Ipswich Borough Councillor Phil Smart, portfolio holder for waste enforcement, said: “We welcome the outcome of this case as we are determined to prosecute people who flout the law and do not clean up after their pets. The vast majority of pet owners do clear up after their dogs – those who don’t could find themselves out of pocket.”

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25 comments

  • The Star should ask under the FOI ACT how many are fined each year and ask for targets to be set to increase the number of fines year on year. Controlling unsociable acts like this curbs other acts of unsociable behaviour by these individual who have no respect for society but are at the front of the queue for money from the public purse.

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    Billy Knowbend

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • swivel68 - your part of Kesgrave is certainly different to mine which is awash with dog excrement despite there being dog bins all over the place. The Millenium Field is a disgrace, can't even take my kids for a kickaround over there now, so much dog faeces there.

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    paul e.

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Well done that man,I have two dogs and like many people are fed up with the lazy owners that leave their dogs mess for people to step in..be nice if we had such a person on the millennium fields in Kesgrave..what's going to happen when they open the toddlers nursery remains to be seen..the place is a dogs toilet at the moment..

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    dahlia

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • where does she live , I am needing the loo really bad . hope she has nice garden

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    Lee mundy

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Good job council, more please. At time of posting count is 21, all positive, there's a pattern forming here I believe!

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    richie w

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Rotten old bag. I'd have rubbed her face in it, except that would probably be an improvement.

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    PC Plod

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • how do you train your dog to poo in your garden. [do you poo in the garden.]?

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • i'm sorry it has to be said. Finally the council has grown some balls. Well done... only another 60,000 dog owners to go!!!

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    a.emmerson

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Well done ,, should have been a five hundred pound fine for wasting the officer's time and being plain stupid ,,, And why not bring a fixed penalty fine out for these people who park their car's on the grass verge's on our estate's turning them into mud patches , And also people who leave their wheelie bin's out on the street for day's on end ,, let's clean this country up , English people are getting to dammed lazy

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    MIGUEL100

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Why can't we have the following commenters below and myself of course! running the country we would soon have crims locked up for longer , people back to work, kids being more respectful etc etc all common sense stuff just like the comments they have left. PS I always clean up!

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    Yarn

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Seen a few of these females about over the years full of gob, why do they call themselves a woman as they are offensive people who nobody likes. Should be made to eat the poo with chips.

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    a west

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • thankfully I live in kesgrave,penzance rd area, and its a nice experience to be able to walk around without having to dodge dog excrement like most areas of the town and estates,well done responsible dog owners of kesgrave.

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    swivel68

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • To Nathman you are really basically as bad as this woman if you think it is ok to chuck your dog mess into a bush, or leave it when you forget your bag. Firstly chucking it in a bush is the same offence as this woman has committed. All your doing is moving it somewhere else. Secondly if you forget your bag go home get a bag & clear it up. What the hell has gone wrong with the human race. How about some personal responsibility & respect of others.

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    Concerned of Suffolk

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Lets have more prosecutions like this. Lets stick some fixed penalties on litter makers too. It is abut time Ipswich dealt with anti social behavior. The town is lettered with discarded cigarette ends, chewing gum and drink cans.. Well done IBC

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    Barnacle

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • I don't normally praise IBC but this time I have to. Bloody good job, more people should be fined like this to deter people and also good on the court for a change a sentence befitting the crime WELL DONE ALL CONCERNED.

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    pukkatrukka

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Bloody good job this woman is drunk and abusive she used to all ways be out side me and my partner window eveyday letting her dog mess on the floor and are neibours thinking it was are dog at the time I understand sometimes u chuck your bag in a bush or leave when u forget the bag but only in sertain circumstances but this woman was a menace walking around with her jungle juice being nasty to other members off public and swearing at kids deff shouldent have pet to be honest

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    nathman86

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • waspie'swife..As a responsible dog owner, I too get fed up of seeing dog poo left, often very large ones. I have a small dog I carry a roll of food bags, know when it's going to go and catch it pretty much always before it reaches the ground. Then carry it home. If there were more bins where I walk then I could put it in there. There's NO EXCUSE.

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    waspie

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • m01, I walk and cycle that path a great deal and there is indeed a lady with a motibility scooter who has a little dog, when that little dog messes she does indeed clean it up, it takes her a little time but if she can do I am sure perfectly able people can do so, shame on Ms Beckwith and hopefully more unsociable people will get fined and we can have a cleaner Countryside.

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    C Smith

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Fantastic, well done to all concerned. It's about time there was a clamp down on irresponsible people like this.

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    how'd the town do

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • As a responsible dog owner I get fed up seeing the mess left by others. Well done - about time these penalties were properly enforced. Hopefully that's one irresponsible owner who has got the message.

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    Lakota S

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • I had that problem some years ago, I knew who it was and took the mess back to his house.I would also like to know how people in mobility scooters towing a dog pick up it's mess. Mind you we have horses down our road in Ipswich but it' good for the garden. Well Done.

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    m01

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Do people not have shame anymore? If this was my name spread all over the paper I'd be too embarrassed to go out.

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    RC

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Likewise good job and Well done to the official concerned. Like the parking enforcement officers who patrol the car parks and issue tickets there should be more of these officials employed and seen to be bring action against persons such as this.

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    Ander P

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Well done that enforcement officer , hope it encourages his colleagues to do more about this problem .

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Good job. I wish we had someone like that all over the town to capture the selfish people who leave their dogs mess for others to stand in. all you need is a bag and a hand inside to scoop up or poop scoop for faint hearted. Well done,

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    marlyn

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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