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Pet owner to pay more than £1k after not clearing up after dog on West Mersea beach

22 September, 2015 - 12:24
Dog walkers on a West Mersea beach. Library image. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Dog walkers on a West Mersea beach. Library image. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

A dog walker who failed to clean up after his pet fouled a West Mersea beach must pay more than £1,000.

David Rourke, of High Street, West Mersea, was spotted by a Colchester Borough Council zone warden on Kingsland Beach during a morning stroll last April.

The warden approached Rourke and told him what the dog had done, but Rourke said he had not seen the incident.

He gave his address and was issued a £50 fine by post.

But Rourke failed to pay, despite repeated reminders, so the council took him to court to resolve the issue.

The bench at Colchester Magistrates’ Court last week found Rourke guilty in his absence and imposed a 14-day collection order to recover the outstanding fine and court costs, totalling £1.045.

Tim Young, borough councillor for community safety, said: “Dog mess is unpleasant and unhealthy and ruins everyone’s enjoyment of our streets, parks and beaches.

“This case sends a clear message to the minority of dog-walkers who still fail to clear up after their pets, that we will not tolerate their anti-social behaviour.

“Our seven dedicated zone teams are doing a great job protecting local environments, but they cannot be everywhere at once, which is why we encourage residents who spot irresponsible owners not clearing up after their dogs to report such incidents to the council’s environmental and protective services.”

To report dog fouling call on 01206 282581 or email


  • Why doesn't this charge apply to travellers and their own mess?

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    Suffolk Boy

    Sunday, September 27, 2015

  • P's why is there no contact numbers on signs for the public to report dog foulers?

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    sue douglas

    Saturday, September 26, 2015

  • We were walking on the prom at Southwold when 3 adults were seen on the beach happily strolling along with a dog. There were no dogs on beach signs everywhere but they ignored them. A young family with young children were approaching from the opposite direction and the dog went towards them leaping up. The child was frightened. The parents intervened. I took a photo and sent it with the info to Southwold council and I heard nothing back. What's the point of signs and warnings if they are not backed up. I did wonder cynically if the council knew the perpertrators.

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    sue douglas

    Saturday, September 26, 2015

  • Well, good news that one disgusting person's been fined but it's a drop in the ocean. I agree - Sutton Heath is filthy - we couldn't take our young grandchildren there even though we live close by. The river path from Melton to Woodbridge was really bad this morning. Would the owners of these dogs think it was OK for people to leave human faeces everywhere? I sometimes wonder.

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    Caroline Harvey

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

  • Great news, the problem is natiowide. Here in Bury St Edmunds there are dog turds everywhere. We belong to a small dog walking group & regularly clear other peoples left overs, mainly to protect our own good name. Let's hit these disgusting people where it hurts, BIG fines with public humiliation of offenders. Sadly we have to clear up other litter dropped through shear lazyness, who do these people think will pick it up, idiots like us who don,t want our community buried in disgarded waste.

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    baz of bury

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

  • At that rate there is at least a million pounds worth at Sutton Heath. It is the most disgusting show of what people with dogs will do if they think that there is no one watching. Most fouling is only yards away from the bins provided. On Sutton Heath it is the minority that pick up after their dogs which goes to prove that "most " dog owners are not that responsible after all.

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    Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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