Fine for man who allowed dogs to chase ducks in Richmond Park

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A dog owner has been ordered to pay £315 after allowing five dogs to chase ducks in Richmond Park.

Christian Ferree, 39, was convicted at Richmond Magistrates’ Court on August 30, after his dogs chased waterfowl as they ran by the water at Pen Ponds on May 1.

No waterfowl were injured during the incident but there were signs around the ponds which state dogs must be kept on their leads.

Simon Richards, Richmond Park manager, said the conviction of Mr Ferree had been welcomed by the park team.

He said: “It reinforces that the breach of Royal Parks’ regulations is a serious matter. The park regulations are in place to protect the land, wildlife and the enjoyment of more than 2m visitors a year. It is a delicate balance which the Royal Parks manages very carefully.”

Police Sergeant Michael Boulton, part of the police’s safer parks team, warned that breaking park regulations was dangerous.

He said: “It is important to observe warning signs. This conviction makes clear to visitors who may not be familiar with the park that a breach of park regulations is a criminal offence, endangering wildlife and public safety. Each year we see several incidents of irresponsible dog ownership.

“This latest conviction demonstrates our commitment to dealing with this unnecessary problem.” 

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1:18pm Wed 19 Sep 12

kingstonpaul says...

Reminds me of an instance last year when I was patronisingly reprimanded by Royal Parks plod for cycling on the road without lights, well after the Park gates had closed to car traffic.
So, dog called Fenton chases deer in the Park. Film of frantic owner chasing after dog just happens to be filmed by some guy on his camera. Video posted on YouTube. Goes viral as millions of people worldwide view the footage. Fenton and owner acquire cult status. Remind me, did Fenton's owner get fined?
Reminds me of an instance last year when I was patronisingly reprimanded by Royal Parks plod for cycling on the road without lights, well after the Park gates had closed to car traffic. So, dog called Fenton chases deer in the Park. Film of frantic owner chasing after dog just happens to be filmed by some guy on his camera. Video posted on YouTube. Goes viral as millions of people worldwide view the footage. Fenton and owner acquire cult status. Remind me, did Fenton's owner get fined? kingstonpaul

1:37pm Wed 19 Sep 12

fedup58 says...

I welcome this fine as the signs are very clear around Pen Ponds KEEP DOGS ON A LEAD any responsible dog owner would obey this but every time I have taken my dog there to my amazement I am the only person whose dog is on a lead. There needs to be more Park Wardens handing out these fines and then perhaps owners would take notice. The Park is for everyone to enjoy not just dogs and Cyclists.
I welcome this fine as the signs are very clear around Pen Ponds KEEP DOGS ON A LEAD any responsible dog owner would obey this but every time I have taken my dog there to my amazement I am the only person whose dog is on a lead. There needs to be more Park Wardens handing out these fines and then perhaps owners would take notice. The Park is for everyone to enjoy not just dogs and Cyclists. fedup58

3:25pm Wed 19 Sep 12

elyobelyob says...

@kingstonpaul .. so, you were cycling without lights on the road at night in the parks. You were reprimanded. Can't really see the issue. A couple of small LED lights cost a pound or two. They allow *you* to be seen. I don't think the plod were overly bothered about you tumbling down a hill, just making sure the other responsible users to be safe.

I believe the owner of Fenton was spoken to by the police, yes. I don't know, but perhaps the fact that he was tracked down, dragged through the Daily Mail etc, was punishment enough.
@kingstonpaul .. so, you were cycling without lights on the road at night in the parks. You were reprimanded. Can't really see the issue. A couple of small LED lights cost a pound or two. They allow *you* to be seen. I don't think the plod were overly bothered about you tumbling down a hill, just making sure the other responsible users to be safe. I believe the owner of Fenton was spoken to by the police, yes. I don't know, but perhaps the fact that he was tracked down, dragged through the Daily Mail etc, was punishment enough. elyobelyob

12:51pm Thu 20 Sep 12

New Malden Man says...

kingstonpaul wrote:
Reminds me of an instance last year when I was patronisingly reprimanded by Royal Parks plod for cycling on the road without lights, well after the Park gates had closed to car traffic. So, dog called Fenton chases deer in the Park. Film of frantic owner chasing after dog just happens to be filmed by some guy on his camera. Video posted on YouTube. Goes viral as millions of people worldwide view the footage. Fenton and owner acquire cult status. Remind me, did Fenton's owner get fined?
Put some lights on your bike. There are still other people using the park after the gates shut.
[quote][p][bold]kingstonpaul[/bold] wrote: Reminds me of an instance last year when I was patronisingly reprimanded by Royal Parks plod for cycling on the road without lights, well after the Park gates had closed to car traffic. So, dog called Fenton chases deer in the Park. Film of frantic owner chasing after dog just happens to be filmed by some guy on his camera. Video posted on YouTube. Goes viral as millions of people worldwide view the footage. Fenton and owner acquire cult status. Remind me, did Fenton's owner get fined?[/p][/quote]Put some lights on your bike. There are still other people using the park after the gates shut. New Malden Man

3:22pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Sparkythecat says...

kingstonpaul: I guess you are probably only about 13, but it's a good idea to have lights isn't it. Not for your safety but for other users of the park which even includes pedestrians. By the way were you on the cycle track?

I always find it strange that people assume that 'rules' are made for everyone else but them.
kingstonpaul: I guess you are probably only about 13, but it's a good idea to have lights isn't it. Not for your safety but for other users of the park which even includes pedestrians. By the way were you on the cycle track? I always find it strange that people assume that 'rules' are made for everyone else but them. Sparkythecat

1:58pm Fri 21 Sep 12

kingstonpaul says...

To all my detractors, yes, yes, yes you tedious lot, rules is rules. I actually like to think that a grown adult is allowed to be able to cycle through a beautiful local amenity closed to cars, having made a judgement call about the risk to himself and others by not having lights. Hey, wouldn't llife be a bit dull if we couldn't occasionally escape the clutches of the rulemakers and jobsworths?
So you upholders of the law, any advice for the next time I go night-time nude swimming at Pen Ponds?
To all my detractors, yes, yes, yes you tedious lot, rules is rules. I actually like to think that a grown adult is allowed to be able to cycle through a beautiful local amenity closed to cars, having made a judgement call about the risk to himself and others by not having lights. Hey, wouldn't llife be a bit dull if we couldn't occasionally escape the clutches of the rulemakers and jobsworths? So you upholders of the law, any advice for the next time I go night-time nude swimming at Pen Ponds? kingstonpaul

5:33pm Fri 21 Sep 12

ruggabugga says...

kingstonpaul,
you will probably be arrested for waterfowling!
you may also be fined for cycling in an unauthorised area - if the new signs are to be believed.
kingstonpaul, you will probably be arrested for waterfowling! you may also be fined for cycling in an unauthorised area - if the new signs are to be believed. ruggabugga

5:52pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Sparkythecat says...

kingstonpaul: Yes, plenty of advice but most of it unprintable here.
kingstonpaul: Yes, plenty of advice but most of it unprintable here. Sparkythecat

9:39am Mon 24 Sep 12

elyobelyob says...

kingstonpaul wrote:
To all my detractors, yes, yes, yes you tedious lot, rules is rules. I actually like to think that a grown adult is allowed to be able to cycle through a beautiful local amenity closed to cars, having made a judgement call about the risk to himself and others by not having lights. Hey, wouldn't llife be a bit dull if we couldn't occasionally escape the clutches of the rulemakers and jobsworths?
So you upholders of the law, any advice for the next time I go night-time nude swimming at Pen Ponds?
"So you upholders of the law, any advice for the next time I go night-time nude swimming at Pen Ponds?"

Turn your lights off then please.
[quote][p][bold]kingstonpaul[/bold] wrote: To all my detractors, yes, yes, yes you tedious lot, rules is rules. I actually like to think that a grown adult is allowed to be able to cycle through a beautiful local amenity closed to cars, having made a judgement call about the risk to himself and others by not having lights. Hey, wouldn't llife be a bit dull if we couldn't occasionally escape the clutches of the rulemakers and jobsworths? So you upholders of the law, any advice for the next time I go night-time nude swimming at Pen Ponds?[/p][/quote]"So you upholders of the law, any advice for the next time I go night-time nude swimming at Pen Ponds?" Turn your lights off then please. elyobelyob

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