Woman fined £1k over dog mess

The scene which greeted environmental health officers on one of their visits to the property.
The scene which greeted environmental health officers on one of their visits to the property.
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A resident who failed to clear up the dog mess from her back yard has been ordered to pay £1,000 after Boston Borough Council took the case to court.

Neighbours of the Susanna Neve’s home in Skirbeck Road had complained about the smell and flies coming from the tiny back yard.

A council spokesman said: “Ms Neve was given chances to remedy the unpleasant 
situation and, when she failed to do so after several warnings, she was served with an abatement notice by the council.”

The 30-year-old was found guilty in her absence at Boston Magistrates’ Court on March 4 to two charges of breaching the notice, served under the 
Environmental Protection Act.

She was fined £400 and ordered to pay £560 costs and a £40 victim surcharge. The court heard that the council environmental health department received first complaints in September.

Ms Neves was written to and seen but temporary improvements were not maintained and an abatement notice was served in October ordering a clean-up of the yard and daily removal of dog faeces.

More complaints were received in December and Ms Neves was then charged with a failure to comply with the abatement notice.

After the hearing a council spokesman said: “This was an intolerable situation which could not be allowed to persist. The heavily-

soiled yard was very small and in close proximity to other people’s property. The abatement notice still stands and we will continue to monitor the situation and may take further action if improvements are not made and sustained.”