Man failed to clear 'vast amount' of dog dirt from back yard

A MAN who allowed a vast amount of dog dirt to build up in his back yard – causing neighbours to complain about the vile smell – has been handed a £1,200 penalty.

Neighbours contacted St Helens Council’s environmental health officers because of the sickening stink coming from the rear of a house on Bruce Street, St Helens.

Officers sent out warning notices to the property’s resident Jonathan Roberts, 34, telling him to clean up and disinfect the yard.

But after he failed to take action the council decided to prosecute him for non-compliance of abatement notice. Environmental health officers said they had received repeat complaints from residents as far back as September 2010.

Others came between March 2012 and October 2012 about smells from the rear yard.

The disgusting smells got so bad that the council twice had to secure warrants to send clean -up workers in.

A St Helens Council spokeswoman said: “Occupants failed to respond to numerous council requests to clean up and environmental health were forced to serve notice notices on two occasions and obtain warrants to enter the property and clear the faeces using contractors.”

Roberts pleaded guilty by letter to St Helens Magistrates’ Court.

He was fined £500, ordered to pay £625 clean up costs and a £75 legal bill.

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9:10am Wed 23 Jan 13

frankly says...

and about time as well....pure idleness
and about time as well....pure idleness frankly
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9:35am Wed 23 Jan 13

pitbullboxing says...

The council took 2 years to act. Well done. Poor dog as well , having to walk around it's own stuff probably. RSPCA should be involved too. Another shining example of sub-humanry.
The council took 2 years to act. Well done. Poor dog as well , having to walk around it's own stuff probably. RSPCA should be involved too. Another shining example of sub-humanry. pitbullboxing
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8:46pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Cranky098 says...

Just another lazy bone idol idiot
maybe the dog should be removed and re homed
Just another lazy bone idol idiot maybe the dog should be removed and re homed Cranky098
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7:07am Fri 25 Jan 13

eddyspan says...

At least the dog wasn't out fouling the streets like so many others. Maybe the council should consider a green spotted bin for dog faeces? :-D
At least the dog wasn't out fouling the streets like so many others. Maybe the council should consider a green spotted bin for dog faeces? :-D eddyspan
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9:43am Fri 25 Jan 13

Mrs Rabbit says...

There is a real problem very near to me with dog fouling, it is mainly one particular (large) dog. The smell that wafts around can be bad at times and of late it has got worse. I have telephoned the council several times, the first time they did spray a no fouling sign on the floor, (which didn't work) the last time I reported it the woman on the other end of the phone quite simply said 'What do you want us to do about it?'
There is a real problem very near to me with dog fouling, it is mainly one particular (large) dog. The smell that wafts around can be bad at times and of late it has got worse. I have telephoned the council several times, the first time they did spray a no fouling sign on the floor, (which didn't work) the last time I reported it the woman on the other end of the phone quite simply said 'What do you want us to do about it?' Mrs Rabbit
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8:26pm Sat 26 Jan 13

frankly says...

eddyspan,,how do you know it wasnt ?....it must be his own house, im sure a rented one could have been sorted through the landlord long before this happened.
eddyspan,,how do you know it wasnt ?....it must be his own house, im sure a rented one could have been sorted through the landlord long before this happened. frankly
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