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Evening patrols to crack down on dog fouling 19.02.10

Sutton Council and the police are launching evening 'poop patrols' to crack down on irresponsible owners who fail to clean up after their dogs.

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In response to calls from residents, the borough's street scene officers will team up with Officers from the Safer Parks Police for the monthly operations.

Anyone spotted failing to clear up their dog's mess could be hit with a £50 fine, and if they fail to pay, may be brought before the courts.

The patrols will take place in parks and residential areas around the borough where residents have identified dog fouling problems, in particular near schools. Officers will also hand out free poop bags to dog walkers during the operations.

Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment on Sutton Council, said:

"There is no excuse for failing to clean up after your dog.

"It's disgusting, anti-social and one of those environmental crimes that really riles local people.

"Most of the borough's dog owners are responsible, pick up after their pets and are part of the team that keeps Sutton clean.

"These new patrols will crack down on the minority who think it is ok to let their animals foul our parks and pavements."

Safer Parks Sgt Mark Dolice said: "Dog fouling is an important concern to the community and we will take appropriate action if people don't clear up after their dogs."

The council's street scene officers and Safer Parks Police have the authority to hand out Fixed Penalty Notices to people who fail to clean up after their animals.

Failure to pay could result in court action and an increased fine of up to £1,000.

To report incidents of dog fouling, graffiti or fly-tipping please call the council on 020 8770 5070 or report it online at www.sutton.gov.uk

Last updated: Monday, 12 April 2010

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