Scrapyard man fined after dog attacked visitor

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A SCRAP metal dealer was hit with a bill for almost £1,500 after his Alsatian dog bit a neighbour’s friend.

Lee Mayfield, aged 47, who has been issued with an enforcement notice by Sheffield Council to stop running the business from his home because he does not have planning permission, must now pay the compensation after losing an appeal.

Mayfield had tethered the ‘fierce guard dog’ outside his front gates in Woolley Wood Road, Shiregreen, after becoming embroiled in a dispute with his neighbour, London’s Appeal Court heard.

The dog got loose, biting a visitor to his neighbour’s house, and – while legal proceedings were afoot – Mayfield intimidated a witness by shouting abuse at them, the court heard.

At Sheffield Crown Court on May 3 last year, he pleaded guilty to ‘allowing a dog to enter premises where the dog therein injures a person’, and witness intimidation.

He was ordered to pay £1,485 in fines, costs and compensation.

In his unsuccessful appeal, Mayfield claimed he felt ‘pressured into pleading guilty because of ill health’.