Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Maximum fine for letting dog stray

A Leeds woman was handed the maximum penalty by Leeds Magistrates for continually flouting dog control orders.

Selina Reynolds (29) of Tong Drive, Farnley was fined £1,000 after her pet was found roaming the street unsupervised.

Reynolds’ dog was picked up as a stray in April 2012 when dog wardens spotted it wandering alone on Tong Drive. Although returned to Reynolds on the same day, the dog had either been reported to or picked up by wardens on six other occasions.

Reynolds was issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice for again allowing her pet to be out unsupervised on the street. She failed to pay the fixed penalty notice and was prosecuted.

In addition to the fine, Reynolds was ordered to pays costs totalling £387.43 and a £15 surcharge at Leeds Magistrates Court last week.

The latest prosecution comes as the council considers if dogs should be excluded from any other areas or if they should be kept on a lead in any other locations.

Dogs are currently excluded from children’s play areas, school grounds (where schools have requested the order), as well as remembrance and wildlife gardens. Dogs must also be kept on a lead on all streets, adjacent footpaths and grass verges.

As part of the annual review of dog control orders, people can suggest other areas where the rules could be applied.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“The control orders are an effective way of curbing the irresponsible behaviour of a minority of dog owners. Unfortunately, it’s this minority that cause the majority of issues like strays and fouling.

“Keeping the orders under review will allow us to tackle problem areas and take into account the views of local people. The rules already in force have helped us encourage dog owners to take their responsibilities and the safety of others seriously.

“But as this most recent case demonstrates, we won’t hesitate to prosecute when the rules are persistently ignored.”

For further information on dog control orders contact the council on 0113 222 4406 or go to www.leeds.gov.uk.

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk


 

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High satisfaction level for anti-social behaviour partnership

Safer Leeds is making significant progress defeating anti social behaviour in the city.

The partnership is seeing satisfaction rates of over 94% with more than 19 out of 20 reported problems being responded to within two working days.

Created in 2011, the multi-agency service includes staff from the council, West Yorkshire Police and Fire Services, Victim Support and Leeds housing management organisations. The partnership aim to ensure that responses to problems such as harassment, drug dealing, street drinking, prostitution, noise nuisance, graffiti, abuse and intimidation, can be fast, decisive and co-ordinated.

Dedicated anti-social behaviour team case officers investigate reports from victims, partner organisations and witnesses, maintaining regular contact with victims to explain their role, identify any support needs and to collect evidence. Every effort is made to contact the alleged perpetrator at the earliest and most appropriate opportunity during the initial investigation. The team also liaises with police researchers to identify areas experiencing high levels of anti-social behaviour so that a co-ordinated response can be made.

Councillor Peter Gruen, chair of Safer Leeds said:

“We need to be constantly attentive and focused to combat anti-social behaviour. The Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team has been operational for 18 months and these results show the significant success partnership working is having in Leeds.

“We cannot be complacent about this work and will carry on monitoring the effectiveness of this service. We need to continue this success in order to achieve our aspiration for Leeds to become the best city to live.”

“I hope to work with the new Police and Crime Commissioner to continue this necessary work.”

Notes for Editors

Anti-Social Behaviour is defined by Section 1 of the Crime & Disorder Act 1988 as a person or persons acting in such a way “that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household.”

Since April 2012, 96.5% of reported problems have been responded to within 2 working days. Cases involving vulnerable victims or hate crimes are given a priority to be contacted within 1 working day. So far this year service users have reported 94.2% satisfaction with the overall service and 94.7% satisfaction with the Case Officer’s investigation.

Reported allegations of Anti-Social Behaviour can be made through a number of different routes, including:
• Approaching the appropriate landlord or letting agency
• Face to face at Neighbourhood Housing Offices, One Stop Centres or other Council Offices
• Through Hate Crime Reporting Centres
• At hostels and other temporary accommodation
• At Leeds Housing Options
• Telephoning the Council on its dedicated Anti-Social Behaviour number 0113 222 4402
• By e-mail to LASBT@Leeds.gov.uk
• Through West Yorkshire Police on the non emergency number 101
• Reporting concerns or incidents to Police Community Support Officers
• Out of hours reports of Noise Nuisance can be made by calling 0113 395 0143


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For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk