IRRESPONSIBLE dog owners are now twice as likely to be fined if they fail to clean up after their pets.
Members of Talbot neighbourhood police team now have the power to issue fines as well as council officers, after residents voted for it to be the latest PACT priority.
Tackling dog fouling usually comes under the remit of the local council, however, due to public concerns the neighbourhood police team will also clamp down on the problem.
The officers will carry out patrols in hot spot areas and will issue £50 fines to those who do not clean up after their pets.
Police Community Support Officer Dennis Nelson, of Talbot neighbourhood police team, said: “Although this issue has been mentioned at previous meetings, the community felt the situation was becoming significantly worse.
“Residents find the behaviour of these dog owners to be really unsociable and unpleasant.”
People who do not clean up after their dog can be given a £50 on-the-spot fine.
If they refuse to pay the fine, they can be prosecuted and may face a court appearance with a maximum penalty of £1,000.
PCSO Nelson added: “The work being undertaken by the team will support that of the council staff, such as the dog warden, who are already cracking down on dog fouling.”
Coun Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council cabinet member for streets and transport, said: “Our Bag It Bin It campaign is beginning to gather some momentum. We have made it as easy as possible for responsible dog owners to clear up after their pet, now we are cracking down on those people who continue to ignore our help.”