Dog fouler doubles court costs by dropping appeal

Thurrock Gazette: Halcrow was found guilty in his absence at Basildon Magistrates' Court Halcrow was found guilty in his absence at Basildon Magistrates' Court

A MAN who was fined for letting his dog foul in a public place has almost doubled his costs by dropping an appeal.

Paul Halcrow, 31, of Plymouth Road, Chafford Hundred, was found guilty of allowing his boxer to foul in a grassed area near his home by magistrates, who fined him £500, ordered him to pay costs of £1,210 and a victim surcharge of £50.

Halcrow, who did not appear at the hearing in Basildon Magistrates’ Court so was found guilty in his absence, decided to appeal the conviction.

However, the council has now had confirmation the appeal has been withdrawn – saddling him with a further £1,450 in costs.

Public protection spokesman Councillor Phil Smith said: “Thurrock Council takes the issue of dogs fouling public areas very seriously.

“We worked closely with local people in Chafford Hundred to get the initial result and the fact this gentleman has now decided to withdraw his appeal shows we don’t go to court without a strong case.

“My predecessor was determined to make sure this part of our enforcement responsibility was followed through properly and I am equally resolved this should be so.

“People should clear up after their pets – it’s simply not acceptable in this day and age for animals to be allowed to roam and foul public areas. It’s dirty and it’s dangerous, especially for children playing nearby.

“I hope this story reinforces that message.”

Halcrow was found guilty of the offence, which took place in March 2013, in December.

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:07pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Thurrockbob says...

Ha Ha what a sucker, obviously as thick as a whale omelette. Probably a chav, most are in Chafford.
Ha Ha what a sucker, obviously as thick as a whale omelette. Probably a chav, most are in Chafford. Thurrockbob
  • Score: 3

5:36pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Jack222 says...

Does the grass get the £50?
Does the grass get the £50? Jack222
  • Score: 1

10:08am Wed 16 Jul 14

poortaxpayer says...

Why do dog foulers get punished far more harshly than real criminals?

We have constant stories of career criminals who get a token fine and a slap on the wrist.
Why do dog foulers get punished far more harshly than real criminals? We have constant stories of career criminals who get a token fine and a slap on the wrist. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 1

10:29am Wed 16 Jul 14

Sugarman says...

Be a benefit thief frauduently claim £50k and walk away from court without even having to pay anything back. Doesn't make sense. But he is a mug for not paying up in the beginning, he's only got himself to blame, or maybe his dog.
Be a benefit thief frauduently claim £50k and walk away from court without even having to pay anything back. Doesn't make sense. But he is a mug for not paying up in the beginning, he's only got himself to blame, or maybe his dog. Sugarman
  • Score: 5
Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree