Stapleford couple fined over barking dogs

A general view of Nottingham Magistrates' Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 4, 2012. Photo credit should read: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire
A general view of Nottingham Magistrates' Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 4, 2012. Photo credit should read: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

A Stapleford couple have been ordered to pay a £200 fine each following complaints about their six dogs barking.

Dennis and Valerie Yates, of Pasture Road, pleaded guilty to five noise offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

The couple were served with a noise abatement notice in December 2013 following the identification of a statutory nuisance in respect of excessive dog barking. The defendants have six Jack Russells .

They were convicted at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court in February 2015 for breaching the noise abatement notice in July 2014. The court heard how the dogs had continued to cause disturbance throughout the duration of the court proceedings and that the barking continued after their conviction.

Noise monitoring equipment was installed in December 2014 and March 2015 following on-going complaints of disturbance. After analysing the recordings four breaches were identified between December 24 2014 and January 4 2015, including the complainants being woken at 00.11 and 00.38 on Christmas Day and being kept awake until 01.30 on December 29.

A further breach was witnessed between March 27 and 28, 2015, during which period several recordings were made of the dogs barking late at night. The volume and intensity of the dogs barking and howling on each occasion was so severe and intrusive to be identified as sufficient to constitute a breach.

The pair pleaded guilty to five offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. At the hearing on June 3 2015 at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court both defendants pleaded guilty to the offence.

The Magistrates took into account their guilty pleas together with their financial means to pay and sentenced them to a fine of £200 each along with a victim surcharge of £20.

They were also ordered to pay a contribution towards Broxtowe Borough Council’s costs of £150 each.

Furthermore a Collection Order was paid such that in the event that they did not pay the court would take steps to recover the sum.

The couple had already been fined more than £1,000 in February.