Stalking and Intimidation

The FACTS (also see Stalking)

A few months after Lennox was seized his owners became aware that a Belfast City Council dog warden van was parked across from their house, which is situated in a small cul-de-sac with little more than a dozen properties. On that occasion they observed dog warden Alexandra (Sandie) Lightfoot sitting alone in the stationary vehicle, smoking a cigarette, watching their property.

Sandie Lightfoot Belfast Dog Warden Lennox BSL

The owners contacted Belfast City Council and the person who took their complaint said the matter would certainly be looked into, assuring them that someone would be in touch. However nothing further was heard from anyone at the Council regarding that incident, which doesn’t come as any great surprise.

On a separate occasion (two days prior to a scheduled court hearing), the owners were leaving the house on their way to an appointment with their solicitor, when they observed Sandie Lightfoot sitting in a dog warden van, a foot up on the dash and smoking a cigarette. The van was again parked at the entrance to the cul-de-sac.

When Lightfoot became aware she’d been seen, she “dropped her cigarette out of the van window, took her foot off the dash, started the engine and drove off“, attempting to shield her face with one arm. The owners briefly followed in their car, taking a photograph of the van being driven away at speed (see Gossip & Lies below).

Lightfoot obviously returned to her place of work immediately, because by the time the owners arrived for their appointment someone from BCC had already made contact with their solicitor, who explained Belfast City Council was now accusing them of following Lightfoot while she was going about her normal duties.

Which was odd because, just prior to that incident, a Belfast City Council spokesperson announced to the media that the dog warden directly involved in the Lennox case had ‘gone on indefinite leave‘ due to ‘concerns over her safety’ and apparent ‘threats‘ made against her by ‘Lennox supporters‘.

As no other dog warden was directly involved for any length of time, it must be assumed the Council were referring to Lightfoot and, if she was supposed to be on official and indefinite leave from her employment at the time, it’s unclear why she was in the area that day in her BCC uniform, driving a dog warden van.

When issuing the statement it’s unlikely BCC were referring to anyone other than Lightfoot, as it had already been established that the two other dog wardens present on the day Lennox was seized were not on leave at the time, and neither was Yolanda Elwood, the only other possible candidate for the statement.

If Lightfoot decided to work that day and feared for her own safety, as claimed by BCC, you wonder why she’d risk being alone in a stationary vehicle, window open, casually smoking a cigarette, obviously relaxed and certainly distracted enough to be caught by surprise.

In any case, the statement that Lightfoot was on leave at the time was contradicted outright by the contents of a letter from Belfast City Council received via the owners’ solicitors the day after the incident, stating :

“…on [said] date at [said] time, [they] had been observed taking pictures of Ms Lightfoot [in a van] as she went about her normal work duties and if [they] persist further action will be taken ….and if photographs of this incident find their way online, further action will also be taken”.

The owners wrote back to Belfast City Council

If this woman [Lightfoot] was carrying out her normal work duties as you claim in your threatening letter, then can you explain her normal work duties description and terms of employment, as I am sure it doesn’t include being parked up with feet on dashboard and smoking in a company vehicle, followed by littering the street with a cigarette end“.

The owners did upload the photographs to their Save Lennox website including a zoomed image enhancing the van ID number, vents (to show it was a dog warden van) and Lightfoot in the driving seat, which they censored. The Hate Campaign have claimed differently, and that’s covered below in Gossip & Lies.

Strangely enough, Belfast City Council didn’t ‘take further action‘ against the owners, despite the images being made public. Can’t imagine why!

Lightfoot’s ‘visits’ were not isolated incidents and her presence in the vicinity of the owners’ home was observed several times. She was seen driving into the cul-de-sac in question, turning around and driving back out again.

If BCC were telling porkies and Lightfoot was working that day, why was she hanging around a residential area and not out doing her job, instead of wasting tax payer’s money?

Gossip & Lies – Indefinite Leave
The usual convoluted lies have done the rounds on the HC Gut Wagon.

First they accused Lennox’s owners of coming across Sandie Lightfoot during one of her normal working days and then following her around just for the hell of it, and then they said Lightfoot wasn’t working at all that day and therefore couldn’t have been caught doing anything (so they know the particular ‘day’ being referred to when specific details have never been made public?). 

Belfast City Council have contradicted one statement with another. They had previously made an announcement claiming Lightfoot was on indefinite leave for the reasons given above, and yet admit in the letter that she was sitting outside their house by warning Lennox’s owners against publicising the images they took of her there.

Belfast City Council Sandy Lightoot in Dog Warden Van

Gossip & Lies – Van images
The Hate Campaign have had a field day with this one and the reason they got away with it is because only the HC believe their own lies, and most of the time nobody else can be bothered to challenge them. Now that we’re covering the stalking issue, it’s a good time to put the record straight, if only to draw attention again to their desperate and nasty stupidity.

When the image of the dog warden van appeared on Save Lennox, the Hate Campaign jumped in with the story that Lennox’s owners claimed it had been taken from outside the front door of their house. In fact at one time they baffled themselves completely by saying the owners ‘claimed they took the photo from inside the house‘! Both of those lies were based on nothing (no change there).

The second time the image appeared on Save Lennox, it clearly showed that the only tweaking done was to zoom in to identify the van and apply a censor to Lightfoot as the driver. But, always cunning, the Hate Campaign came up with the lie that the original image had been photoshopped and altered. In fact they went to the trouble of placing the two images side by side to show the difference between the distance and zoom! 🙂

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Nothing remotely amusing about this:

In July 2012, just a few days after Lennox was killed by Belfast City Council, this vehicle was parked directly outside the owners’ house:

Belfast City Council Employee Stalking Lennox Owners

They did not report it and, in any case, it’s not a dog warden vehicle. However, although on this occasion the driver of the van was not Sandie Lightfoot, the occupant is known to the owners.

It’s not easily explained why a Council van should be parked right outside their house, with the driver doing absolutely nothingneither reading, on the phone or having got out of the vehicle at any point.

The homes and associated properties in that cul-de-sac are private but if the driver wished to park randomly for one reason or another, there are other more convenient and logical areas with easier access where this can be done, without blocking a private drive or parking directly outside someone’s home.

The driver of the van was not a Council maintenance worker. Details of the van, including ID number, the driver, date and times were recorded.

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13 thoughts on “Stalking and Intimidation

  1. Well hello all, profuse apologies for my absence, work & the jet set lifestyle have kept me busy busy, i will be catching up for the next day or two , then let’s get ready to rumble .

  2. True stephenbanter, as we all know only too well it wouldn’t be the first time they reacted out of pure spite when someone dared to say no to one of their little circle, …and they call themselves ‘professionals’, LOL.

    • I am of the opinion that the family felt betrayed by the very people who were supposed to be helping them.i don’t know that I wouldn’t have done the same.o have put such personal details on a public site is betrayal of the worst kind.and absolutely disgusting from people who are supposed to be a professional organisation.but not the first time they have been unprofessional about a client and their much loved pet

  3. has it occurred to any body the recent appeal by page and co,deed not breed involving the dog of a deceased owner isnt all it seems? was the outcome a foregone conclusion or a set up? and if it wasnt did the parents give permission for them to publicise the circumstances of their son’s death?
    then there are the predictable spiteful comments aimed directly at the family. one in particular from nasty nicky stewart (hope you can provide a link she deserves it) should be removed. Anyone with an ounce of comment decency and respect for the grieving family would remove content like that seeing as its an open page. something is very wrong there

  4. Seems to me BCC need to examine the calibre of some their employees. The behaviour of Sandie Lightfoot and some of her colleagues has been an absolute disgrace. Instead of dealing with her inappropriate behaviour, as you would expect from any decent public body, they not only defend her but then ‘promote’ her. She was actually paid from the public purse to sit outside the family home in one of their vans SMOKING, and still they insist this particular ‘public servant’ was simply doing her job!!! Are the people of Belfast, who are no doubt like the rest of us struggling financially at the moment, aware of how their hard earned money is being squandered on everything from so called ‘experts’ (coincidentally a friend of this woman) charging outrageous fees for equally outrageous ‘opinions,’ and a dog warden, who seems to think its ok to collect a salary for sitting in a van outside an innocent family’s home with her feet up all day smoking. At the very least surely the powers that be in Belfast can see that by supporting this behaviour they are seriously damaging the reputation of the Council and everyone in it. The evidence produced here so far is just the beginning, with lots more to come. I guess the question is how many within the Council are still prepared to be tainted by the behaviour of the few?

    • I wonder if the papers would be interested in running a story on how Belfast tax payers money is being squandered and how arrogant Council staff are being pandered too? Add the waste of money paid to Tallack, who is only expert at blowing his own trumpet, to that and the ridiculous expenses incurred in Court costs to ensure that Lennox was killed and it paints a pretty filthy, dirty picture. As far as the Council being tainted by the behaviour of the few, I think some of their hands are as dirty as their employees.

      • You are right Karmabus, maybe its time the people of Belfast were aware of how their hard earned money is actually spent.

        Its also way past time for the ‘decent’ members of BCC who wish to disassociate themselves from the kind of behaviour we have witnessed to stand up to be counted. The alternative being that they are all painted with the one brush…not something they can be very proud of is it ?? There is lot more evidence to come, the question is how many are prepared to stand over it.

        • I hope there will be few who will want to defy the present evidence and what has yet to be revealed. For those that are continuing, they will be condemning themselves to be for ever fools and the many who know of their involvement, have long memories. Closing Facebook pages and opening new profile pages are a complete waste of time as the footsteps to the past are numerous.
          With the torrents of abuse that has issued forth from those involved in the Hate Campaign, each and every one should hold up an apology for being taking part in such dreadful mischief ….the question is, will they? Sadly I doubt it.

  5. I remember reading one of Roxanne’s comments about BCC leaving Lightfoot to take the flack. Days later, at a council meeting Lightfoot was ‘commended’ for her role as warden. Co-incidence? Or were BCC aware of Ms.Summers and her vile rants and accusations?

  6. It’s called intimidation I believe and the Council should have issued warnings to the staff involved. If they did issue warnings then that should have prevented the ‘promotion’ of Lightfoot and as it did not, one can only assume the Council ignored or condoned her behaviour and that of the other staff member. The ‘promotion’ of Lightfoot (if indeed it was that and not the shifting of an arrogant employee abusing her power to another area ) would then be evidence of the total lack of integrity shown by that department and that Council which validates the claims that they were indeed incensed that anyone should stand up against them and that this was personal.

    • i think it has become clear that ‘integrity’ is not in their dictionary, as the past actions of their hangers on and main protagonists have proven…baffled by this new evidence of council employees behaving questionably, to put it mildly, and the deafening silence on belfast city hall regarding this matter..

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