Carmarthenshire County Council reports that a man has been issued a penalty notice by its environmental enforcement officers for failing to clean up after his dog at Dafen pond.
When challenged, he told officers that he hadn’t see it. Nevertheless, he was issued with fixed a penalty notice for £75. If he fails to pay he could be prosecuted in the magistrates court where the maximum fine is £1,000.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “One of the most common complaints made to the council is about dog fouling.
“Our officers carry out patrols across the county but they have to be in the right place at the right time – so it can be difficult to actually catch people in the act. But anyone caught will be fined.
“Saying you didn’t see it or you have no bags on you is not an excuse. Dog mess left anywhere is not only a nuisance and very unpleasant, but it can have serious health implications.”
At approximately 3am on Sunday the 5th of July 2015, this man was recorded entering a garden in Felinfoel and leaving with a solar post light.
The owner had installed CCTV after two similar lights were stolen in April.
The owner said of the man, "He was walking up Millfield Road towards Swiss Valley (probably heading home), a little unsteady on his feet! Any help in identifying him would be appreciated so I can pass this on to the police".
Any person with information is advised to contact the Neighbourhood Policing Team for Dafen, Felinfoel and Swiss Valley by ringing the non emergency number 101
Sometime between 11.30pm on Thursday the 11th June, 2015, and 1.30am on Friday the 12th ,2015, thieves have stolen a Carrera Subway 1 Hybrid bike with a fitted child seat and also a Pendleton Brooke Bike from a secured garden shed in the Bryn area of Llanelli.
Anyone with information regarding this is asked to contact PC 414 Richardson via 101
A man who failed to clean up after his dog has also been fined for dropping litter.
Council environmental enforcement officers were on patrol at Dafen Pond when the man, who was with his son, failed to pick up his dog’s mess.
Whilst he was being issued with a fixed penalty notice for the offence, he threw down his cigarette end, despite being told by officers he would be committing a further offence for dropping litter.
He was then issued with a second fixed penalty notice for £75.
Officers also caught a woman throwing a bag of dog mess into the bushes; she too was given a fixed penalty notice for littering.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “Officers carry out patrols across the county and anyone caught failing to clean up after their dog or dropping litter will be fined.
“I am astounded that someone picked up their dog’s mess but then threw it into the bushes instead of waiting until they found a bin.
“I am also shocked that someone went on to litter right in front of officers after being caught for a dog fouling offence.
“I hope these people have learnt their lesson and I also hope that other members of the public take notice. We are determined to keep Carmarthenshire clean for both residents and visitors.”
Carmarthenshire County Council
A total of 7 rabbits ( 6 kits (babies) and 1 adult ) have been stolen from a hutch in a back garden in Heol Daniel, Felinfoel on Thursday 4th June.
If you have any information please call 101 and ask to speak to the Felinfoel Neighbourghood Policing Team.
Further info: 'There were two miniatures, grey and tawny in colour, three black giants, one tawny giant, and a black lionhead cross adult.'
After recent warnings to the public about a spate of catalytic converter thefts around Llanelli, Neighbourhood Watch warns that thieves are operating in the Dafen area.
Sometime between Wednesday 27th May and Monday 1st June 2015 a catalytic converter was stolen from underneath a van which had been parked up in New Road, Dafen.
Taller vehicles like vans and 4x4s are particularly vulnerable to this type of theft as the converters are more accessible. And because they tend to have larger engines, they contain more of the precious metals that make them so attarctive to thieves too.
If you run a car you need to be aware of the risk of catalytic converter theft, particularly if your car has large ground clearance. Catalytic converters, which help reduce harmful pollutants, have been fitted in the exhaust of the majority of petrol cars manufactured since 1992 and diesel cars since 2001. Theft of catalytic converters is on the increase because of the high value of the precious metals they contain.
Any person with information should contact Pc 1044 BELL by ringing the non emergency number 101
Sometime between 0800hrs to 1330hrs on Saturday 30th May 2015, a house in Salem road Felinfoel was entered, possibly through an unlocked window and a large quantity of money was stolen.
If you have any information please contact Pc 319 JONES by ringing the non emergency number 101.
The Neighbourhood Watch team has warned that in the last 2 days a number of catalytic converter thefts have occurred in the Llanelli Rural Area – (Kidwelly, Burry Port, Trimsaran, Llwynhendy & Felinfoel) .
The converters are being taken from both petrol and diesel vehicles, and are being removed with tools such as angle grinders. The incidents are mainly occurring during the hours of darkness. Your local NPT urge ALL residents to report any suspicious individuals/vehicles with in your local area, who could be involved in such crime, via 101.
The council now has powers to enforce the prohibition of double parking and parking at dropped kerbs of footways as if they had been introduced using a Traffic Regulation Order.
It is an offence to double park on all Carmarthenshire roads and park up obstructing dropped kerbs anywhere in the county.
County executive board member for transport services Cllr Colin Evans said: “Under the Traffic Management Act 2008 a number of changes were brought about for parking enforcement and management.
“Carmarthenshire is now designated as a special enforcement area in accordance with Schedule 10 of the Act.”
“The Act, under Code 26, seeks to prevent ‘inconsiderate and selfish’ parking. Drivers who do not park close to the edge of the carriageway – within 50 centimetres of the kerb - can now also be prosecuted.”
Executive board member for environment Cllr Jim Jones said: “The authority receives many complaints from wheelchair and disabled carriage users who are unable to get about because of blocking of dropped kerbs by cars, not only in towns, but rural areas too.
“Dropped kerbs are usually sited as crossovers into private property and crossing points for vulnerable road users, cycle tracks and verges.
“Many people find themselves trapped and unable to get about because of bad parking obstructing dropped kerbs.
“It is important drivers are aware that the enforcement measures we are introducing also covers penalties for double parking and causing obstruction by parking too far from the kerb or edge of carriageway.”
The council is not required to provide any signs or markings specifically prohibiting parking adjacent to a dropped section of the footway.
Carmarthenshire County Council
People are to be asked their views on new orders for controlling dogs in public places in Carmarthenshire.
A report is going before the council’s Environmental and Public Protection Scrutiny Committee outlining the new powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
An extensive public consultation exercise is to be carried out to get residents views on the Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs).
These PSPOs replace former Dog Control Orders which were previously being considered under the Clean Neighbourhoods Act.
The council will be consulting on:
“As a result, we will now be consulting with the public again on the new PSPOs asking them to consider a range of potential options that seek to balance the needs of the public against that of dog owners.
“It may be the case that not all of these orders are supported and we only introduce one or two of them; or we look again at them in the future.”
The council will be seeking the views of residents as well as town and community councils and other interested parties such as The Kennel Club.
Director of Environment Christina Harrhy said: “A number of new powers have been created under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to address the problem of irresponsible dog ownership. Some replace existing powers while others are new.
“These new orders are designed to give greater flexibility in tackling irresponsible dog owners and we will be consulting with the public on the range of powers available to find out if any of these are suitable for Carmarthenshire.
“Ultimately however, these powers should not pose a problem for responsible dog owners.”
Further details on the consultation will be provided in due course.
Carmarthenshire County Council
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