Walker pelted with excrement over dog mess dispute

A dog owner who regularly walks his Chihuahuas across a golf course says a greenkeeper has been pelting excrement at him following a dispute over his pets’ mess.

Gavin Storer says he has been taking them for walks at The Royal Eastbourne Golf Club for 13 years, but in recent months had been clearing up his dogs’ mess and disposing of it in a bag in a regular bin when the member of staff took umbrage and threw it at him because he didn’t want him leaving it there.

Gavin Storer with his dogs at The Royal Eastbourne Golf Club. He claims an employee threw dog excrement at him which he had placed in a bin on the course alongside a public right of way. May 15th 2013 E20144P

Gavin Storer with his dogs at The Royal Eastbourne Golf Club. He claims an employee threw dog excrement at him which he had placed in a bin on the course alongside a public right of way. May 15th 2013 E20144P

The 53-year-old said it had happened on several occasions and he had not been offered an apology when he went to complain about the incident.

Club manager David Lockyer admitted the incident had happened and that the member of staff, who he did not wish to name, had been spoken to.

Mr Storer, of Church Street, Old Town, said, “There’s a footpath there and I pick up the mess and put it in the bags. The next thing I know he [the greenkeeper] has picked it out of the bin and thrown it at me.

“The point is the member of staff is representing the club and that [throwing dog poo] is not sensible behaviour.

“I didn’t even get an apology.”

Mr Lockyer said Mr Storer had disposed of the mess on private land in a private bin and had been repeatedly asked not to do so. He admitted that a member of staff had tossed the bag to Mr Storer on two occasions, adding, “The greenkeeper has to clean the bin out and doesn’t want to be handling dog poo. There is a dog poo bin at the end of Gaudick Road.

“The greenkeeper tossed the bag at him and he took offence.

“The greenkeepers empty our bins and when they empty the bins there is dog poo bags in there and sometimes the bag has split.

“I advise the greenkeeper he should not have taken that action, he has taken this on board and been told not to get involved in a confrontation about it.”

He said he had spoken to police about the incident and they were looking to speak to East Sussex County Council to see if a dog bin could be installed on the footpath.