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Council wins court case against resident for breaching Community Protection Notice

Posted on 14 June 2024

South Holland District Council has successfully won a court case against a local resident for failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice (CPN). The defendant was found guilty of not clearing dog faeces from their garden on a daily basis, leading to prolonged odour issues in the neighbourhood.

Mr Reynolds of Saelm Street, Gosberton, was charged with breaching a CPN under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The CPN was initially served following numerous complaints from neighbours about odour from the dogs kept in the garden. The case was handled at Boston Magistrates' Court on 6 June 2024, under the single justice procedure.

Despite several warnings and opportunities to rectify the situation, the defendant failed to take adequate action, leading to the council's decision to pursue legal proceedings. The defendant was found guilty under the single justice procedure and was ordered to pay a fine of £220, £88 victim surcharge and £225 court costs.

A spokesperson from South Holland District Council, said, "We are pleased with the court's decision, which reinforces our commitment to maintaining a clean and safe environment for all our residents. Community Protection Notices are issued to prevent anti-social behaviour that negatively affects our neighbourhoods. This verdict sends a clear message that such behaviour will not be tolerated."

Residents with concerns about anti-social behaviour or potential nuisance can report it on our website here: