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Dog fouling: record fine for repeat offender

A RECORD fine of £1600 was imposed last week on a woman who repeatedly allowed her dog to foul the pavement near her home.

Christine Rogers, of Hollyhedge Road, Wythenshawe, was ordered to pay £1,600 for eight offences under the Dogs Act.

She was fined £100 and ordered to pay £100 costs for each of the infringements which happened either on Hollyhedge Road or Hollyhedge Avenue between August and December last year.

The £800 fine imposed at Manchester Magistrates' Court was a record for the city council who took out the prosecution. The council currently operates a fixed penalty scheme that gives offenders the option of paying a £50 fine within 14 days. If this fine is not paid, criminal proceedings may be brought against the dog owner.

The Keep Britain Tidy campaign group has backed the council clampdown. Chief Executive Alan Woods said that the hefty fine represented just how disgusted councils and the public were with those who turned parks, beaches and pavements into canine conveniences