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Ipswich: Dog owner scoops up nearly £3,000 in fines and costs for failing to pick up mess

PUBLISHED: 11:51 13 December 2011

South East Suffolk Magistates Court

South East Suffolk Magistates Court

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A DOG owner who upset his neighbours by leaving left his pet's muck in his garden is today having to scoop up the money to pay a £1,800 fine.

Residents in Bonny Crescent in the Ravenswood area were unable to go in their gardens because the stench was so bad, despite a previous notice for David Brown to clean up his act.

In addition to two fines, South East Suffolk Magistrates in Ipswich also ordered Brown, of Bonny Crescent to pay nearly £1,200 in costs. He had pleaded guilty to twice breaching an Abatement Notice under the Environment Protection Act.

Magistrates fined Brown £800 and ordered him to pay a government surcharge of £15 for one offence following the prosecution by Ipswich Borough Council.

The second offence saw the 50-year-old told to pay a £1,000 fine and £1,189.37 in costs. The breaches took place on September 16 and November 9.

The prosecution was brought by the council after complaints by neighbours that the stench of dog faeces and urine was so bad they were unable to enjoy their own gardens.

Magistrates ruled he had failed to comply with the Abatement Notice. Brown was given 14 days to pay.

Councillor Neil MacDonald, deputy leader of IBC, said: “We are sorry it had to come to this. This was an extreme case and we felt we needed to take action. It must have been a horrendous situation for Mr Brown’s neighbours and we now hope the situation is resolved.”

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