The idiocy epidemic is rife in the UK.

A guide dog owner was given an on-the-spot fine when his animal fouled in a Leicester park – even though he explained he could not see what had happened.

Ian Bradwell, who is registered blind, was handed the £80 fixed penalty by a city warden while he was walking his Labrador-retriever cross, Iona, in Braunstone Park.

When Mr Bradwell telephoned Leicester City Council, the 46-year-old was told he would have to give them documentary proof that he was registered blind.

Mr Bradwell, of Braunstone, said: “As I walked with Iona along Fulhurst Avenue a warden came up to me and asked me if I realised my dog had fouled. I apologised, explaining I was visually impaired and held my stick up to show him. I asked for a bag so I could go back and pick it up, even though guide dog owners are exempt from picking it up because they can’t see it. He didn’t seem interested in anything other than giving me the £80 fixed penalty ticket.

“I telephoned the council but got the same sort of attitude. I accept I made a mistake. Iona always goes to a “spend area” in the garden before we go out, whether she’s working or on free time. I have had guide dogs for 11 years and this is the first time anything like this has happened. Guide dog owners pride themselves on having dogs who are clean, don’t go around barking at people or do their business in a public place.”

Registered blind owners of guide dogs are exempt from paying anti-fouling fines.

Mr Bradwell said a worker from charity Guide Dogs contacted the council to explain this.

He said: “By implication, having a guide dog means you’ve got a visual impairment, but they wanted to see further proof. I think it’s ludicrous. It seems a bit silly.”

It was only when Guide Dogs sent written confirmation to the council that the fine was waived.

A city council spokesman said: “We now have written confirmation of registered ownership from Guide Dogs and the fixed-penalty notice has been cancelled.”

It seems that all common sense seems to have been thrown out of Britain these days.

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