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Anti-social behaviour injunction imposed after persistent dog fouling

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has obtained an anti-social behaviour injunction against someone who was allowing their dogs to persistently foul the communal area outside a block of flats.

Despite being asked to stop, the man repeatedly refused to do so and, several times a day, let his dogs foul the area without cleaning up.

The incidents happened in the communal outdoor space at Bethel Court in Great Yarmouth, despite the fact the man does not live there. The council's tenancy services team applied for the order, which was successfully granted at the town's magistrates' court on December 4.

The court heard the man refused to stop allowing his dogs to foul the area and would sometimes be aggressive and abusive to those living nearby. He also threatened council workers who were trying to tackle the issue.

As part of the injunction imposed by the court, the man is banned from entering or remaining on any part of the communal areas of Bethel Court except to put bins out and collect them. He is also prohibited from allowing his dogs to enter the communal areas of Bethel Court.

Councillor Graham Plant, Great Yarmouth Borough Council's portfolio holder for operational property and asset management, said: ''We wouldn't have been able to secure this outcome without the support of residents who rightly stood up against this behaviour, reported the abuse and provided witness statements and evidence in court to support the council.

''It gives us a huge amount of satisfaction to know that our residents will work with us and support us in the battle against anti-social behaviour that can blight the lives of those in our communities.

''We always look to resolve anti-social behaviour through informal actions and collaboration, with a strong focus on supporting residents to address inappropriate behaviour. However, when this approach fails and we have evidence of serious nuisance, we have a duty to our residents to take action and there will be consequences for those responsible.''

Anyone found guilty of breaching an anti-social behaviour order can face a prison sentence of up to two years and/or an unlimited fine.  

Last modified on 15 December 2023

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