Ashford man fined for urinating on RSPCA cattery wall

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A man has been fined nearly £ 800 after being caught urinating on the side of a building.

Stephen Childs was penalized after being caught spending a dime on the wall of a cattery in Ashford.

Stephen Childs was caught urinating against the wall of the RSPCA Ashford Garden cattery in Station Road. Photo: Wayne McCabe

The Folkestone Magistrates’ Court heard that the man from South Ashford had urinated against the wall of the RSPCA Ashford Garden cattery.

The Station Road act – which took place just after noon on August 25 of last year – violated a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

Ashford Borough Council (ABC) took the case to court, during which it was heard that Childs had admitted “urinating on the charges” to a police officer at the time.

The case was proven and Childs – who did not appear in court – was fined £ 100, a victim fine surcharge of £ 34 and council court costs of £ 651, resulting in a fine overall of £ 785.

This is the second case of anti-social behavior punished in the city by ABC after a resident was fined nearly £ 3,000 for leaving a trailer full of garbage blocking a sidewalk.

Garbage trailer left at Kilndown Close.  Photo: Ashford Borough Council
Garbage trailer left at Kilndown Close. Photo: Ashford Borough Council

Kelly Michelle Smith has been charged with failing to comply with a community protection notice after leaving a trailer loaded with black bags in the back of a property in Kilndown Close.

After council officers sent a notice ordering Smith to remove the trailer, she duly did so, but left the trash piled up on the sidewalk.

Council took the matter to court and had it proven in Smith’s absence when she failed to show up.

She was billed a total of £ 2,770.77 comprising a fine, court costs, victim surcharge, settlement costs and time charges for three council officers to investigate the case.

Cllr Andrew Buchanan, ABC’s environmental portfolio holder, said the two lawsuits “send a very clear message that anti-social behavior simply will not be tolerated in our borough.”

Kelly Michelle Smith removed the trailer - but left the garbage.  Photo: Ashford Borough Council
Kelly Michelle Smith removed the trailer – but left the garbage. Photo: Ashford Borough Council

“Community protection notices and public space protection orders are effective tools in our arsenal,” he added. “And we will not hesitate to take further action against people who show no consideration for others in our communities.”

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