Blind man given dog fouling fine.

Posted: June 17, 2010 in Broken Britain


A blind pensioner, Albert McFall, was given a £40 fine for failing to notice his guide dog had fouled on waste ground.

Two community wardens handed Mr McFall, 76, the on-the-spot ticket even though he had no idea his golden labrador, Cooper, had had an accident.

Council chiefs have now torn up the fixed penalty notice because they’ve found out guide dogs are exempt from fouling legislation.

Mr McFall, who is registered blind, normally exercises Cooper four times a day and the trained guide dog goes to the toilet in the back garden of his Renfrew home.

But community wardens pounced on the retired computer operator after he took Cooper alongside a stretch of motorway wasteground. Mr McFall last night said the patch of land is covered with dog dirt and he was unaware that Cooper had created any mess.

He said: “There couldn’t have been any doubt I was blind because I had the fluorescent armband and my registered disabled armband. I tried to explain the situation to the wardens but they didn’t care. I think they had been waiting and watching. All they were interested in was getting names in their books. It doesn’t seem right.”

Mr McFall said he was taken aback when the wardens told him he’d broken the law. He could not see the fine they had handed over, or the letter that was sent out by Renfrewshire Council days later. It was only after wife June and son Stephen challenged the penalty that the council waived it.

Talking about people incompetent at their job

A prisoner escaped from jail by giving another inmate’s name as he walked out the gates.

James Whitlock, 25, left Edmunds Hill in Stradishall, Suffolk, on Monday morning after applying for a licence for temporary release using another prisoner’s name. The alarm was raised but Whitlock, who was serving two years and nine months for theft, was still on the run last night, Suffolk Police said. An investigation was also under way at the jail.

Edmunds Hill is a Category C jail – for prisoners who are unlikely to try to escape.

Police warn that anyone who sees Whitlock should not approach him, but contact them. He is white, slim and with brown hair. A police spokeswoman said the escaped prisoner has connections to Walton-on-the-Naze, Great Dunmow, Frinton on Sea, Kirby Cross and Chingford in the Essex area, and to Maidenhead in Berkshire. That narrows it down!

  1. Howard Thomas says:

    I don’t suppose these wardens took away the ‘evidence’…………

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