Council issue fine for dog fouling in Fremington

Posted on: 10 June 2019

A local man has been fined £100 for failing to pick up dog mess in Fremington, as North Devon Council continues its fight against dog fouling.

Following information received from a member of the public, an offence of fouling was detected on the old army camp at Fremington. As a result, a man from Mortehoe was issued with a fixed penalty notice for failing to pick up the mess left by the dog.

A private video camera recorded the offence taking place, and the man kicking the dog’s mess into a private garden afterwards. The man was later traced through video evidence provided to the council.

Local ward member for Fremington, Councillor Frank Biederman says, “I would like to thank the member of the public for reporting this to me, hopefully this case will encourage all dog owners to act in a responsible manner and clear up behind them.”

Neighbourhood Officer in the Environmental Protection team at North Devon Council, Alan Kyle says: “There is absolutely no excuse for failing to pick up after your dog, and we will continue to patrol and act on information given to us by local residents. This recent fine demonstrates that we are serious about tackling selfish dog owners who continue to leave this disgusting mess behind for others to deal with.

“We can’t be everywhere at once so we really do rely on our community to help us keep dog fouling under control. We are grateful to members of the public who inform us when they witness offending such as this. This case in particular shows that the public really can help us detect environmental offences and we are starting to see more people willing to come forward with information.

“Help us tackle the dog fouling problem; join #TeamNorthDevon, follow our Clear Messages campaign on Facebook and Twitter, and call out anyone you see failing to pick up their dog’s mess.”

Failure to clean up after your dog can result in a fixed penalty notice of £100, with a maximum fine of £1,000. You can report dog fouling online at

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