'Clean up dog mess or face fine', Hull City Council warns owners
RESIDENTS who dump rubbish and refuse to clear up after their dogs are facing prosecution in a crackdown.
Hull City Council has pledged to tackle "neighbourhood nuisance" across the city.
Five people have recently been fined more than £1,500 after being prosecuted by the council, including one man who did not clean up his dog's mess in his garden.
Justine Mortimer, neighbourhood nuisance manager for the council, said: "Residents and neighbours should not tolerate this kind of behaviour in their neighbourhood.
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"The council will investigate any reports and we will take action against those who do not supply information and comply with legislation."
The crackdown is part of Not Where I Live Week, which will target people causing problems and encourage residents to report any issues they have to the authority.
Those who have been taken to court by the council include:
Alexander Mark Hunter was fined £340 for not clearing up after his dog in the garden of his home in Newstead Street, west Hull. Council officers cleared his garden after he refused to do so.
Lisa Coxon, of Lingdale Road, east Hull, was served a council notice requiring her to clear 15 bags of rubbish from her garden. It was later found dumped on nearby playing fields. She was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £200 costs.
Sharon Corlass was forced to pay £490 after her rubbish was found emptied on to a council green in Brandsby Close, east Hull.
Jade Smith, of Dodthorpe, north Hull, was prosecuted after her rubbish was found dumped in 16th Avenue. She was given a conditional discharge.
Kiet Kim, the owner of Oriental Chef in Princes Avenue, west Hull, was fined £525 after some of his rubbish was found fly-tipped in Spring Bank.
This week, officers from Hull City Council and Humberside Police are visiting neighbourhoods across the city to encourage people to report problems including dog mess, graffiti and fly- tipping.
Ms Mortimer said: "We want residents to know where they can report antisocial behaviour and environmental crime in their area. We are here to tackle these problems and work with residents and communities until they are resolved.
"Neighbourhood nuisance will not be tolerated and residents don't have to put up with it."
Chief Inspector Dave Rawding, neighbourhood policing commander for Hull, said: "During the week, we will be working with residents to improve neighbourhoods, which includes initiatives to reduce crime, disorder, antisocial behaviour and other issues that concern the wider public.
"We will also be asking the public to tell us about their issues so we can work together to resolve them."
Anyone who wishes to report problems should e-mail enviro.crime@hull cc.gov.uk or call 01482 300300.