Police in unmarked cars are normally on the look out for drug dealers or criminals on the wanted list.
But one B&B owner in Blackpool became their latest target...to check if he had dog poo bags.
Richard Schwab, who runs the Milan Hotel, on Palatine Road, was out walking his three-year-old dog Bella near Bonny Street when he was stopped by two police officers who asked him if he was carrying bags to pick up after the Labrador.
Richard,42, said: “They were in an unmarked silver police car – it was all a bit embarrassing.”
He said he duly showed Bella’s bags to the officers, who he said were perfectly polite, but he was surprised to see them taking such an interest during the incident at 7pm on Sunday.
“I was absolutely shocked,” he said. “I think that’s the first time in my life I have been stopped by the police.
“If that is all they have got to deal with, there can’t be a lot going on in Blackpool.”
However, dog fouling is a problem that angers residents up and down the Fylde coast, who frequently bring it to the attention of their local police officers.
Dave Blacker, chairman of the Talbot PACT, said he was pleased to see police addressing the concerns raised by the community.
He said: “If police are stopping you on the street to help raise awareness, I don’t think many people would object.”
Mr Blacker welcomed a police force where officers were happy to speak with residents.
He added: “Dog fouling is quite a serious low-level issue in Blackpool.”
A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: “Dog fouling is a major issue for a lot of people.
“It is the most offensive type of litter on our streets and it is consistently raised as a public concern at our PACT meetings.
“As such, there are times where we will engage with dog walkers to offer a friendly reminder of their responsibilities in cleaning up after their dogs in an effort to keep the streets clean and tidy for everybody.”