Warden patrols search foul play

Patrols by dog wardens are being increased in a bid to stop animal fouling on county streets and paths.

East Northamptonshire Council’s waste management staff will be stepping up surveillance in the worst-affected areas, starting with Newton Road in Rushden.

The street has suffered from dog fouling for a considerable amount of time and dog warden Kay Haynes will be issuing fines to anybody seen flouting the law.

She said: “Dog fouling is a serious problem and that’s why we’re increasing our patrols.

“It can cause blindness so it’s very important to keep the district as clean as we can and end this problem.

“If a young child happens to slip and get something in their eye, within months their sight could be gone.

“To have someone lose their sight simply because someone was too irresponsible to clean up after their dog is unacceptable.”

In March, more than 100 pupils from Newton Road Primary School covered the railings outside in posters urging people not to leave dog mess in the street.

The council will issue fixed penalty notices of £75 to anybody who is caught not clearing up after their pet.

Residents are also being asked to let the council know about regular offenders who they should be following.

Cllr Glenn Harwood, lead member for the enviro-crime strategy, said: “There are many responsible dog walkers who exercise their dogs along Newton Road who pick up after their pets.

“However, there are a few who spoil things by not clearing up and we have put in extra patrols to help combat the problem.”

Patrols this week will also cover Brigstock, Oundle, King’s Cliffe and Easton-on-the-Hill.

Residents can report offenders anonymously at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/envirocrime or calling 01832 742026.