There does seem to be an increasing problem with dog poo on our streets, both in the frequency and size of the deposits.
However, as a responsible dog owner myself, I must say that I have never come across another dog owner allowing their pet to foul without picking up after it.
So how do those responsible do it?
Do they steal out in the night?
Do they allow their dogs out to fend for themselves?
Are they visitors who think our street will be washed anyway?
After all, why would a resident of Alnwick take their pooch to poo in the town centre?
The real problem is in identifying those responsible and no penalties will have any effect until a way can be found to do that.