I was fined £100 for carrying my DOG to my husband’s cemetery — I was treated as if I were a criminal

I was fined £100 for carrying my DOG to my husband’s cemetery — I was treated as if I were a criminal

I was fined £100 for carrying my DOG to my husband’s cemetery — I was treated as if I were a criminal

I was fined £100 for carrying my DOG to my husband’s cemetery — I was treated as if I were a criminal

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A BEREAVED WIFE claims she was “made to feel like a criminal” after being fined £100 for bringing her dog to her husband’s funeral.

Lynda Martin, of Herne, Kent, was walking her Border Collie Megan to the grave of her late husband Niall Willis, 81, when she was approached.

On February 25, the 68-year-old became the first individual to get the harsh fixed penalty notice for breaking the regulation at Herne Bay Cemetery in Kent.

Mrs Martin has visited her late husband’s cemetery several times with Megan since he was buried in April.

She stated to Kent Online: “A man with a camera approached me and asked for my information, and I was issued a £100 fixed penalty notice for keeping a dog in an exclusion zone.

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“I felt victimised and treated as if I were a criminal.

“I could understand if Megan was running about the graveyard, but I think you should be able to bring a dog in on a leash.”

Mrs Martin stated that she does not know what she would have done without Megan, who has been her “daily company and emotional support” for the last year.

Mrs Martin also chastised the cops in charge of the fine, suggesting they would be “better off arresting actual criminals rather than preying on someone weak.”

The widow acknowledges she was aware dogs are not permitted in the cemetery and paid the charge, but she now wants the prohibition repealed.

She has the backing of Herne Bay councillor Joe Howes, who believes the Public Spaces Protection Order should be examined.

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“It’s sad this has occurred to a woman her age, or to anyone who is mourning,” the Conservative added. “That’s why it’s crucial there’s a review to look at why this has happened.”

“The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that covers this area was widely discussed on before its adoption in 2017 and again when it was renewed in 2020,” a spokeswoman for Canterbury City Council told The Sun Online.

“The cemetery has signs explaining the limitations that are in effect.

“Mrs Martin confessed in this instance that she violated the PSPO. We evaluated the bodycam evidence and concluded that the officer handled the matter in a courteous and professional way and that the fixed penalty notice was given properly.

“While we sympathise with the reasons Mrs Martin gave for having her dog with her, we have to enforce the restrictions in a consistent way and cannot make exceptions.

“That said, when we look to review the PSPO in the future we will carry out further public consultation and if wider public opinion has changed then we will take this into account.”

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