Hastings dog owner fined for having pet off lead

Court news.
Court news.

A Hastings dog owner was fined for not having his pet on a lead with a councillor hoping the prosecution acts as a deterrent to others.

Gregory Beeden, of Queens Road, was charged with not keeping his dog on a lead in Queens Road and South Terrace, contrary to the Dogs on Leads (Borough of Hastings) Order 2008.

The order requires dogs to be kept on a lead in all roads in the borough and in a number of areas throughout the town at certain times specified in the order.

Beeden was summonsed to Hastings Magistrates Court on Friday, February 24, but did not attend.

He was found guilty in absence and fined £150 with £225 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for environment Warren Davies said: “We recognise that the majority of people in Hastings are considerate dog owners but sadly there are a few who are not.

“We take dog control issues very seriously and the safety of residents and visitors to the town is very important to us.

“This prosecution will hopefully act as a deterrent to other dog owners who do not keep their dogs under control; be warned, we will prosecute.”

For more information about dog control orders in Hastings visit www.hastings.gov.uk/dogcontrols.

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