A Chafford Hundred resident has been fined £400 for unlawfully disposing of bagged dog waste in Lion Gorge, Chafford Hundred, after an investigation was prompted following a report from Essex Wildlife Trust.
The incident was reported to Thurrock Council's Environmental Enforcement team, whose officers were able to gather evidence of offences. The resident's behaviour had resulted in bags of dog waste left hanging in bushes and trees over some considerable time.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council and Cabinet member for public protection and anti-social behaviour, said: "It's is disgusting that anyone, especially one of our residents, has shown complete disregard for the cleanliness of a green open space like this.
"This kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable, especially when dog mess can be disposed of in any of our public bins in Thurrock. With the council installing significantly more dual purpose waste bins across the borough there is absolutely no excuse, there are more than 40 public bins available in the Chafford Hundred area.
"Our green spaces are there for all our residents to enjoy but such behaviour makes this impossible. The vast majority of Thurrock dog owners are responsible, dispose of their pets' waste responsibly and take an active role in keeping our parks and open spaces clean and tidy.
"I'd like to thank our environment and enforcement teams for their work in this case, it is proof positive that we will always take action when we have the evidence."