The latest weapon in the war on dog fouling has been unleashed by the county council.
Dog owners no longer have an excuse for falling foul of the law when it comes to picking up after their four-legged friends following the installation of free dog waste bag dispensers at two hot-spots.
The dispensers hold 100 per cent compostable and biodegradable dog waste bags which are free and accessible 24/7.
They have been installed at Milburn Park bowling green, in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, and at the entrance to Tyne Green Country Park in Hexham, on a two-month trial basis.
If they prove successful, there are plans to introduce more dog waste stations across the county.
Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for local services, said: “No community should have to put up with streets and green spaces polluted with dog fouling.”