Press Releases week beginning 06 March 2017
DC Congo wins Intercultural Football Tournament
Organised by the council's StreetGames team, the annual intercultural football tournament was held on Sunday (05 March) at Horntye Sports Park Hastings.
Funded by Hastings Borough Council and the Community Safety Partnership this annual event is held in celebration of the rich and diverse communities in the area and in memory of student Mohammed al-Majed who tragically lost his life in Hastings in 2008.
Over 90 players from local communities including Bangladeshi, Afghan, Kurdish, Zimbabwe Uganda, French, Russian, Turkish and many more made up the 10 participating teams.
Cllr Peter Chowney the council's leader opened the tournament, he said:
"Once again it was great to see so many teams participate in this annual football event where Hastings' communities come together to promote community cohesion, unity and safety in the memory of Mohammed al-Majed.
"We are very proud of the diverse community we have; at the last count I believe there were between 45 and 50 different languages spoken here in Hastings and the number of different nationalities participating in this tournament is testament to this unity.
"Congratulations must go to DC Congo who were the triumphant overall winners with West Hill Pink finishing second in a thrilling finial and, very well done to all those who took part in this fantastic event."
Man fined for dog off lead
Hastings Borough Council has successfully prosecuted a local man for not having his dog on a lead in an area where he is required to do so.
Gregory Beeden of Queens Road, Hastings was charged with not keeping his dog on a lead in Queens Road and South Terrace, Hastings contrary to the Dogs on Leads (Borough of Hastings) Order 2008. The Dogs on Leads Order requires dogs to be kept on a lead in all roads in the Borough and in a number of areas throughout the town at certain times specified in the order.
Beeden was summonsed to Hastings Magistrates Court on Friday 24 February 2017 but did not attend. He was found guilty in absence and fined £150 with £225 costs and £30 victim surcharge.
Cllr Warren Davies the council's lead member for environment commented:
"We recognise that the majority of people in Hastings are considerate dog owners but sadly there are a few who are not. We take dog control issues very seriously and the safety of residents and visitors to the town is very important to us. This prosecution will hopefully act as a deterrent to other dog owners who do not keep their dogs under control; be warned, we will prosecute".
For more information about dog control orders in Hastings visit http://www.hastings.gov.uk/environmentalhealth/dogs/dogcontrol/
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