Barnsley dog owners who failed to pay are fined

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TWO dog owners who failed to clear up after their pets have been fined at court.

Richard Twidale-Smith, aged 47, of Wilkinson Road, Elsecar, was prosecuted for failing to pick up after his dog fouled on a playing field off Milton Street, Hoyland, in November 2011.

Twidale-Smith had been given a £50 fixed penalty by officers from Barnsley Council, who witnessed the incident while on patrol in the area, but he failed to pay.

He also failed to attend court this week but was found guilty in his absence and fined £466.20, included payment towards the council’s prosecution costs.

Lisa Marie Hodgson, 27, of Rose Avenue, Darfield, was prosecuted for failing to clear up after her dog and a second offence of littering - after she was stopped dropping a wrapper from a cigarette packet on playing fields off Barnsley Road, Darfield, in November.

Council officers caught her in the act and issued her with a £50 fixed penalty notice for the dog fouling and £75 for littering.

She too failed to pay and was found guilty in her absence during a hearing at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court.

She was fined £200 for each offence, plus council costs - landing her with a total bill of £722.96.

Coun Roy Miller, Barnsley Council’s cabinet spokesman for Development, Environment and Culture, said: “Dog fouling and littering are a major blight on our environment, making our open spaces look uncared for and deterring investment in our area.

“If fixed penalties are not paid people will find themselves facing prosecution, where the fines in court could be much higher.”