Council cries foul over dog dirt

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A MAN has been fined for not clearing up after his dog had fouled in a Morpeth street.

A Northumberland County Council dog warden was patrolling the Middle Greens area of the town and witnessed the offence. The man was issued with a fixed penalty notice of £50.

Over recent weeks, five fixed penalties have been issued in the north section of the county.

Coun Alan Thompson, Executive Member for Public Protection, said: “Our dog wardens regularly patrol the streets, often acting on tip-offs from local residents.

“Dog fouling is unpleasant, unhealthy and unnecessary and is caused only by the laziness of the dog’s owners.

“We are working hard to track them down and bring them to account, but to do this, help and information from the general public is important to us.”

If you have information about a member of the public who fails to clear up after their dog, telephone the customer service line on 0845 6006400. Calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.