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Fine for Worthing dog owner exercising pet in children's playground

Released: Wednesday, 20 March 2019

A Worthing dog owner has been ordered to pay more than £700 after admitting she regularly used a children's playground to exercise her pet.

Worthing Borough Council issued Karin Tinsley, of Coniston Road, Worthing, with a £50 'on the spot fine' after she was spotted walking her dog in the dedicated area for kids in Palatine Park.

When Mrs Tinsley did not pay the Fixed Penalty Notice and ignored reminders, Worthing Borough Council had no option but to take the case to Magistrates' Court.

At a hearing last week (15th March, 2019) at Worthing Magistrates' Court the resident pleaded guilty to two offences. Mrs Tinsley received a £100 fine for an offence on 3rd May 2018 and a £100 fine for an offence on 24th May 2018. A victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £500 brought the total amount to £730.

Councillor Val Turner, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, said:

“We know that the vast majority of dog owners are caring and responsible. But this case shows that when there are repeated cases of people breaching our dog control orders then we will act.”

“We will continue to protect our green and recreational spaces for all to enjoy and also encourage responsible dog ownership within our communities.”

Photo: Worthing Magistrates Court (image from Google Street View)

Worthing Magistrates Court (image from Google Street View)

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