Missing dog couple face £75,000 fly-posting bill

Nicola Bayston is to be fined for putting posters up, to try and find her missing dogs at South Hiendley, Barnsley....12th October 2011....Picture By Simon Hulme..
Nicola Bayston is to be fined for putting posters up, to try and find her missing dogs at South Hiendley, Barnsley....12th October 2011....Picture By Simon Hulme..
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A SOUTH Yorkshire vet whose beloved pet dogs have gone missing has been ordered to take down all the posters she put up - or face a £75,000 fly-tipping bill.

Nicola and Richard Bayston said they are devastated after being told to remove their posters or risk a £75 fine for each one

They could be left with a bill for £75,500 because they have dotted around 1,000 posters in the streets surrounding their home.

The couple, from South Hiendley, near Barnsley, were contacted by a Wakefield Council worker who told them complaints had been received.

Nicola, an equine vet has doubled a reward on offer for information leading to the safe recovery of her dogs.

She is willing to pay £2,000 to anyone who can reunite her with the Patterdale Terriers, named Jess and Bramble.

Jess, five and Bramble, three, went missing on September 5 after they tunnelled their way under a fence.

“All we want to do is find our dogs – and yes we have put up posters everywhere,” she said. “But that’s because we are desperate to get them back.”

She said the posters had generated a number of sightings from genuine callers but they had received some distressing hoax calls too.

Glynn Humphries from Wakefield Council confirmed the couple could be fined for the posters, claiming it was fly posting.

He said: “Whilst we sympathise, fly-posting is an offence which carries a £75 fixed penalty fine. The posters have been up for five weeks and we don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask that they be removed.”

Anyone with information about the dogs should call 07887 843304 or 07779 357821.