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Carshalton pair hit with fine by Croydon Magistrates after allowing dogs to foul on pavement
A father and daughter who allowed their dogs to repeatedly foul on the pavement have been fined after a sting operation by the council.
Gary Guilfoyle, 52, and Savannah Buncher-Guilfoyle, both of Mill Lane, Carshalton, were fined a total of £340 by Croydon Magistrates on September 3 after admitting to two counts each of letting their dogs foul the footpath.
In December 2012 enforcement officers studied mobile CCTV cameras at the junction of Mill Lane and Butter Hill, Carshalton, to catch the pair, and after sifting through hours of footage in January, they spotted a pattern to when offences were committed.
When the pattern of times was established, officers carried out live surveillance early in the mornings and established the identities and address of the pair.
Council officers carried out a sting operation to catch the culprits after a number of complaints from residents about their behaviour.
Councillor Jill Whitehead, chairwoman of Sutton Council’s environment and neighbourhoods committee, said: "This prosecution is a tribute to the hard work and ingenuity of our officers.
"It is a revolting offence that understandably upsets our residents. We reacted swiftly to their concerns and in order to maintain a clean and safe environment that our residents expect and deserve."
After they failed to pay a fixed penalty, Sutton pressed on with the prosecution and magistrates fined them both £50 for each offence plus £50 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
To report dog fouling in your area log on to www.sutton.gov.uk and click on ‘report it’ or call 020 8770 5070
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