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Man to pay over £3,800 for keeping dogs in an anti-social manner

Broxtowe Borough Council has successfully prosecuted a Kimberley man for keeping his dogs in a manner which caused distress to local residents.
Three large dogs were kept in a rented property with no garden and dog faeces and urine was allowed to accumulate causing severe odour on a regular basis.

Ashley Hargreaves (28), formerly of Alma Hill, Kimberley pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 24 May 2024 to six breaches of a Community Protection Notice.

This followed complaints made to Environmental Health alleging his unreasonable behaviour was having a detrimental impact on the community. Council officers tried to resolve the matter but warnings were ignored.

He was ordered by the court to pay a total of £3,888 within 28 days consisting of a fine, victim surcharge and costs. The Council also intended to apply for a Criminal Behaviour Order to stop him keeping dogs at the address but this was withdrawn after he left the property voluntarily.

Chief Environmental Health Officer, Suzanne Hickey said:

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“The Court have issued a fine which reflects the harm suffered by members of our community. This behaviour carried on for a long period of time and could so easily have been avoided. Besides owing a duty of care to his dogs, Mr. Hargreaves also showed a basic lack of respect for others.

“We will not tolerate those having a negative impact on the health and well-being of residents, businesses, and visitors. The Council takes anti-social behaviour in its many forms seriously and strive to protect resident’s as best we can given the powers available.”

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