Dog fouling and litter lands residents in court

Published: 3 February 2023

An image of the FHDC logo

Three residents from Folkestone face a bill totalling more than £2,000 between them for anti-social actions.

Folkestone Magistrates' Court heard cases involving littering, a breach of a dog Public Space Protection Order and dog fouling on Monday 30 January:

  • Frank Young of Connaught Road, Folkestone was ordered to pay £796 - including costs and a victim surcharge - after he failed to pick up when a dog he was in charge of defecated on Foord Road in Folkestone. The incident was reported and captured on CCTV by a member of the public. Mr Young failed to attend court and the case was proved in his absence.
  • Cherelle Perrin of Canterbury Road, Folkestone was ordered to pay £488 - including costs and victim surcharge - for breaching a public space protection order. Ms Perrin was in control of a dog off a lead on The Leas in Folkestone where dogs must always be on the lead.
  • Katy Gibbons of Bradstone Road, Folkestone ordered to pay £796 - including costs and victim surcharge - after she fly-tipped a black sack containing household waste on Bradstone Road in Folkestone. Ms Gibbons failed to attend court and the case was proved in her absence.

All three residents were initially issued fixed penalty notices of £100 but chose not to pay, which resulted in criminal proceedings taking place.

Cllr Stuart Peall - Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Regulatory Services, Waste and Building Control - said: "We want everyone to be able to enjoy open spaces in the district and responsible dog ownership is important to ensure the safety and wellbeing of others.

"If people are selfish enough to disregard the rules in place to safeguard other residents, then the council will take action against these types of anti-social behaviour.

"I'd like to thank the person who provided the CCTV which helped secure the dog fouling conviction. We work closely with the public if they have evidence or report behaviour which requires enforcement action."

The easiest way to report environmental offences in your area is by visiting and filling out a form.

Leader Cllr David Monk added: "There's no excuse for not looking after our local environment. Waste can easily be disposed of using our collection services or by visiting one of Kent County Council's household waste recycling centres."

Visit to find out more about environmental protection.