Dog fouling patrols to issue fines

Blackpool Councillor Tony Williams

Blackpool Councillor Tony Williams

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DOG owners who fail to clean up after their pets will now be fined by PCSOs in Blackpool.

Four police community support officers who patrol the north of the town have been given training so they can issue fines for dog fouling and littering.

The issue has been continuously raised at PACT meetings over the past 18 months and due to public concerns PCSOs were given training to assist council staff clamp down.

The officers will now carry out a number of plain clothes patrols in hot spot areas and will issue £50 fines.

Sgt Martin Webster, from Blackpool Police, said: “On a recent patrol past a children’s playground, PCSOs discovered 12 bags filled with dog mess which had been dumped by owners. This is unacceptable.”

If offenders refuse to pay the fine, they can be prosecuted and face a court appearance with a maximum penalty of £1,000.

Coun Tony Williams, cabinet member for culture and communities at Blackpool Council, said: “Young children are vulnerable to a series of horrific illnesses related to dog faeces.”