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Men fined £1k+ for dog fouling and littering in Moorlands

Failing to clean up dog fouling and dropping cigarette butts in the Staffordshire Moorlands has resulted in fines totalling over £1,300 for three men.

John Hibbert, of Endon Pet Lodge, Endon was landed with a bill for £634 after he failed to pick up after his dog on a public footpath in Endon on 6 May this year. Magistrates fined him £440 and ordered him to pay costs of £150 and a victim surcharge of £44.

Dropping a cigarette end on Ball Haye Road in Leek on 17 April this year resulted in John Deadman, of Wesley Court, Congleton being fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £30 - a total cost of £335.

And a similar offence saw Adrian Woodcock ordered to pay a total of £400 - a fine of £220, costs of £150 and a victim surcharge of £30 - after he was seen dropping a cigarette end on the same road on the same day.

The cases were taken to court by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

Cabinet member for Communities, Councillor Mike Bowen, said: "There is no excuse for dropping litter or failing to pick up after your dog and we won't stand idly by if we see it happening in the Moorlands.

"We all deserve to be able to enjoy clean and cared for streets and public spaces and I would urge the minority who seek to spoil our environment by such thoughtless actions to consider the impact of their actions and behave responsibly."