Extra patrols to stop dog fouling in village

Coun Steven Bridgett
Coun Steven Bridgett

Extra enforcement patrols are to take place in Rothbury to try to catch irresponsible dog owners who do not scoop the poop.

And in a further bid to stop offenders, ward councillor Steven Bridgett is investigating whether technology can be used. It is likely that signage will also be refreshed.

The additional county council patrols follow a request made by Coun Bridgett. He said: “I fully support and appreciate the extra patrols that are being proposed and I would like to encourage the public to get in touch with the county council should they have any information on repeat offenders. Times, locations and descriptions are extremely helpful.

“I am also investigating with officers the potential of utilising technology to assist the council in catching regular offenders in our area.”

Speaking about the issue in Northumberland as a whole, Peter Simpson, public health protection unit manager at the county council, said that 86 fixed-penalty notices for dog fouling and 289 for littering have been issued so far this year. This is compared to 124 notices for dog fouling and 238 for littering in 2014/15.

Earlier this month, the council prosecuted two people for dog fouling, who each received fines of £670, and another for littering who received a £440 fine. It brings the number of successful prosecutions for enviro-crimes in 2015 to 46 – a record for Northumberland. Cases are being heard in November.

To report dog fouling, visit northumberland.gov.uk