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Poo heads! Weybourne couple fined for failing to clean up after their dog at West Runton

PUBLISHED: 18:21 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 20:07 17 March 2017

Louise O’Shea and her partner Martin Hipkin, who run West Runton Café, near Cromer, became so fed-up of cleaning up the mess outside their sea view property that they started posting pictures of the worst offenders on their page on social networking website Facebook. Picture: West Runton Beach Cafe

Louise O’Shea and her partner Martin Hipkin, who run West Runton Café, near Cromer, became so fed-up of cleaning up the mess outside their sea view property that they started posting pictures of the worst offenders on their page on social networking website Facebook. Picture: West Runton Beach Cafe

West Runton Beach Cafe

A campaign to shame dog owners into cleaning up after their pets in north Norfolk is beginning to pay off after a couple were fined for failing to pick up at a local beauty spot.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb showed his support for the Two Minute Beach Clean initiative. He is pictured at the Seaview Beach Cafe with district councillor Sarah Butikofer and café owner Louise O'Shea. Picture: SUBMITTEDNorth Norfolk MP Norman Lamb showed his support for the Two Minute Beach Clean initiative. He is pictured at the Seaview Beach Cafe with district councillor Sarah Butikofer and café owner Louise O'Shea. Picture: SUBMITTED

Louise O’Shea and her partner Martin Hipkin, who run West Runton Café, near Cromer, became so fed-up of cleaning up the mess outside their sea view property that they started posting pictures of the worst offenders on their page on social-networking website Facebook.

The images were taken from their CCTV camera and covered their faces with a giant piece of dog muck to spare their blushes.

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) has confirmed a couple from Weybourne has been fined £60 for not bagging and binning their dog’s mess in Water Lane, West Runton on January 24.

However, the ticket could only be issued after the cafe owners witnessed the offence and took down the number plate of the vehicle driven by the couple. This information, along with the CCTV footage, was passed on to the local authority.

Louise - who last year became one of the first in the county to sign up to a new initative, the two minute beach clean, to help keep the coast clean - said: “No one wants to walk along the road and stand in dog mess, it’s just not nice.

“As the owners of a café and car park near the beach we are really keen to assist the council in any way. We have to work together to make our environment and the place we live clean and tidy.”

The fixed penalty notice was reduced from £80 for early payment.

Councillor Angie Fitch Tillett, NNDC’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “This just shows that if we work together we can tackle dog fouling. We want to thank Louise and Martin for their help and encourage others to report dog fouling with as much detail as possible.”

NNDC previously revealed it had received more than 300 complaints concerning dog fouling over the last three years. However, until now, it had only issued one fixed penalty ticket during the same period.

Councillor Fitch Tillett added: “We hope this fine sends a clear message to any irresponsible dog owners out there that not cleaning up after your dog will not be tolerated by our communities.”

The beach was made famous following the discovery of the skeleton of a steppe mammoth, which last walked the earth more than 700,000 years ago, in 1990. The skeleton, one of the most complete ever discovered, was found after coastal erosion exposed a pelvis bone.

Councillor Sarah Butikofer, who represents the area on NNDC, said: “I am delighted that by working together members of the local community and the Council have been able to take action against those who fail to clean up after their animals.

“Almost everyone loves dogs but not their mess, and this action sends a clear message to anyone not acting responsibly.”

12 comments

  • Yes the whole poo bag thing makes me laugh. As a part time bird watcher I some times find myself tucked into undergrowth with my binoculars. I have seen several times ,dog owners, thinking they are out of public view who casually throw the bag into the undergrowth (after a quick look around ). Try cycling down the Marriots way, its a poo fest! I am suprised that only 300 complaints have been received in the last 3 years, I would put the figure much higher than that.And only one conviction!

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    Jiblian

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

  • I don't have a dog, but, often walk friends dogs and always pick up after them. People who don't like doing it can buy a little plastic device which the bags fits onto, so, easier and better for those more squeamish, Those that leave the filled bags hanging in trees and laying about are worse than those that just leave it! Poo on pavements etc. is just disgusting and not nice for anyone especially those who have prams, wheelchairs and mobility scooters which then have to go into the car having ploughed through the poo without realising until its too late. Name and shame these people and take their dogs away, it is not the dogs fault!

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    Lynda

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

  • We always pick up after our dogs, there are plenty of bins and loads of shops selling "poo bags" My brother and I have also seen people bag up the waste and then fling it into the nearest tree or bush. Our Tessa always waits until she well away from the nearest dog bin before she drops her "fudge"!!!.

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    Adrian in Derby

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • I'm with Dan. Our beach has a couple of bins so you really don't have to carry it that far. It's just laziness. We also walk our two in a City park and people there seem far more responsible. Just as well as there's a couple of football pitches...

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    el dingo

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • £100 fine minimum first offence then take their dogs off them second offence as they obviously can't look after them properly

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    DJ

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • It has long been an offence to allow your dog to foul public areas but it's a shame the same can't be said for horses ,this week some rider let their horse dump a load all over the footpath in the village I live in meaning pedestrians had to walk in the road to avoid it .

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    stoneman

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • Something seems to have happened this year that has led to some dog owners becoming less responsible. Dog mess has always been a problem but this year it is all over the place, a really noticeable increase. Walking in Cromer last weekend was absolutely disgusting. Piles on the promenade and all over pavements in town. Having to constantly scan the pavement ahead to avoid stepping in any really spoiled the experience. I say blow fining people - what's £80 compared to the annual cost of keeping a dog? Put their picture in the paper so they are rightfully shamed!

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    Cyril the Canary

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • Well done Louise and Martin, you really rubbed their noses in it,nice one,keep up the good work.I own 2 dogs,I always pick up after them and take it home!!! It's not difficult.

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    dan

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • Pick your dogs crap up and put it in a bin or take it home, simple stuff. never can understand why some bag it and throw it, guess they just thick. Reading the comments on most articles on the edp , just thick .

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    Brianless

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • I like dogs, people in my family choose to own dogs, I don't. Just one thing, if you are dog owner you have responsibility to your fellow citizens, that until someone can successfully train a dog to clean up after itself, to pick-up after your animal. Anyone who chooses not to, should be fined £250 for a first offence and £500 for every subsequent offence. Get real, pick it up and take it with you or bin it.

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    tedman01

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • Well yes, my local beach is filthy with dog muck close to the car park and access-then dog walkers will wonder why there are calls for bans. I read this week that the Forestry Commission is urging a stick and flick in their forests ie that it is ok for dog owners to flick the poo into the undergrowth away from paths because those poo bags have become a real problem when dog walkers tire of carrying them. This seems a common sense approach. I have no idea what the by laws are in respect of dog poo on the beach , as it is not a foot path or verges of a footpath or a public highway. It is indeed really nasty to leave poo in the sand or even to bury it unless really close to the water line.

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    FlintinChalk

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • Walking along a "blue beach" yesterday I managed to avoid the heaps of dog muck just going hard in the sand and then started counting the little packages of dog muck nicely tied up in plastic bags and left abandoned on the sea wall steps and on the beach as well. All because the people concerned couldn't be bothered to carry them off when they go. I feel sorry for the dogs having such lazy owners. I also feel sorry for the families, when on holiday here,who will let their children dig in the sand to build sand castles and the like. Rather than fining these people I would make them do 12 hours cleaning the beaches instead.

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    manbythesea

    Friday, March 17, 2017

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