Patrols out in force to get scoop on dog mess

A patrol along the seafront and (below) Paolo Pertica (head of Neighbourhood Services) and Coun John Jones (left) explain their objectives to owner Jenny Spencer with dogs Bobby and Jack, on Blackpool beach.

A patrol along the seafront and (below) Paolo Pertica (head of Neighbourhood Services) and Coun John Jones (left) explain their objectives to owner Jenny Spencer with dogs Bobby and Jack, on Blackpool beach.

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THE WAR on dog mess has been stepped up after town hall bosses launched their latest attempt to blitz fouling hotspots in the resort.

Around a dozen members of Blackpool Council staff were joined by Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and Bloomfield ward councillor John Jones to tackle dog owners.

Paolo Pertica (head of Neighbourhood Services) and Coun John Jones (left) explain their objectives to owner Jenny Spencer with dogs Bobby and Jack, on Blackpool beach.

Paolo Pertica (head of Neighbourhood Services) and Coun John Jones (left) explain their objectives to owner Jenny Spencer with dogs Bobby and Jack, on Blackpool beach.

Those stopped were asked to produce evidence they were carrying bags they use to clean up their pets’ droppings.

The operation involved staff patrolling Lytham Road, the Promenade, and the surrounding streets in South Shore.

Of the 32 people stopped during the hour long patrol, only four were cautioned for not having bags on their person.

Speaking after the operation, Coun Jones told The Gazette: “It’s a grand initiative and very welcome here.

“I’m really happy to come out and do this because I think it’s an important issue.”

“Very often it’s their own communities which irresponsible owners are letting their dogs foul in, and that’s not fair on anyone who lives around there.”

Nineteen owners have been issued £50 fixed penalty notices for dog fouling in the past month.

Russ Weaver, from Blackpool Council’s neighbourhood services department, said: “It’s about letting people know that we’re listening to them and we’ve had some success in catching people.”

Jenny Spencer was stopped by officers while walking her dog Jack, a springer spaniel, and her friend’s dog Jack, a German shepherd, along the Promenade.

Jenny, who lives in the South Shore area, said: “I think they should carry on with this.

“It’s disgusting when people don’t pick up.”

Christina Smith, from Layton, was walking her dog Marley and was stopped by the patrols.

She said: “I think it’s fair enough what they’re doing.

“I always have a bag anyway.”

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