Pupils’ posters aiming to stop school dog mess

Poo Patrol :Kettering: St Mary's Primary School,  dog fouling has increased so school council members have teamed up with police to design posters to put up outside the school and in Mill Road Park. L-r Curtis Heads, 7, Samuel Parfitt,, 8, Tom Smith, 9, Alicia Cotter, 10, Holly Bagley, 10, with in front Lottie Bean, 10, 'Tuesday 26th February 2013
Poo Patrol :Kettering: St Mary's Primary School, dog fouling has increased so school council members have teamed up with police to design posters to put up outside the school and in Mill Road Park. L-r Curtis Heads, 7, Samuel Parfitt,, 8, Tom Smith, 9, Alicia Cotter, 10, Holly Bagley, 10, with in front Lottie Bean, 10, 'Tuesday 26th February 2013
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Young pupils at St Mary’s Primary School in Kettering are hoping to prick the conscience of dog walkers who don’t clean up after their pets with a poster campaign.

Paths outside the Fuller Street school and the adjacent Mill Road Pocket Park are plagued by dog fouling, says the school council, and in a bid to get owners to pick up the mess the school has teamed up with the police to attach the posters to trees and lamp posts.

On Tuesday PCSO Christine Cotter visited the school to help the pupils with their campaign.

Teaching assistant Trish Manning, who runs the St Mary’s School council, which includes representatives from every class, said pupils had highlighted dog mess in the Mill Road park as one of their biggest concerns.

She added: “It makes it difficult when we take the reception class for a nature ramble in the park because we have to be wary where they are stepping.

“Sometimes they come back with their shoes covered in dog mess.

“Hopefully the posters will make people think twice.”

Lamp posts near the school warn dog walkers about fines for not picking up dog mess, but they are very faded.

Year 5 pupil Lottie Bean, who is one of the senior members of the school council, said: “It is really disgusting and it needs to be sorted out.

“It isn’t fair on the children who want to play in the park because there is too much dog mess.

“When we have lessons in the park we have to put cones over the dog mess so no-one stands in it.”

PCSO Christine Cotter said: “The park area has always suffered from a lot of dog fouling, especially near Mill Road.

“I’m delighted that the school council has got involved and made these posters – it shows how strongly the pupils feel about it.”

PCSO Cotter said she had contacted Kettering Council for help and they had promised to supply her with free bags to hand out to dog walkers.