Hampstead Heath dog attack and vandalism leads to court fines

A dog owner and driver have been fined after the dog and the car got out of control on Hampstead Heath.

Hampstead Heath. Image: City of London Corporation
Hampstead Heath. Image: City of London Corporation

Hampstead resident Armando Pereira paid £870 after his out-of-control dog attacked a walker and his pooch on Hampstead Heath in north London. 

The City of London Corporation (CoL) which manages Hampstead Heath, prosecuted Pereira at Highbury Corner Magistrate’s Court under Heath bylaws on Tuesday 13 December.

Pereira pleaded guilty towards the offence and was fined £250, with £500 costs, a £90 compensation fee and a £30 victim surcharge.

Bob Warnock, the City of London Corporation’s superintendent of Hampstead Heath said: "We have a duty to protect visitors and their dogs on Hampstead Heath and ensure that it is a safe environment for everybody to enjoy.

"Hampstead Heath gets over one million dog visits a year and the vast majority are led by highly responsible dog walkers. But being confronted by an animal that is out of control can be a terrifying experience and we do not tolerate visitors that cannot keep their dogs under proper control."

CoL also prosecuted Pinkas Friedman of Hackney for a separate offence under the heath’s bylaws on Wednesday 7 December. Friedman forcibly opened the locked gate at the East Heath Car Park and drove onto the heath after he found his car was locked into the car park after closing time.

He was charged a total of £225 including costs and a victim surcharge. Warnock said visitors with vehicles locked inside the heath could call the heath constabulary for assistance.

The City of London Corporation manages 11,000 acres of green space across London and south east England and spends more than £5 million a year on Hampstead Heath. The heath attracts more than seven million visitors a year.


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