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Crackdown on dog fouling in Combe Martin

[Tuesday 4 September 2012]

Photo - District Councillor Julia Clark, Parish Councillors Wendy Druce and Jill Sidebottom, and Rachelle Jeffs, who also volunteered

A two-day crackdown on dog fouling has been held in Combe Martin.

North Devon councillors, Combe Martin parish councillors and a number of local residents came together to patrol the streets on Tuesday and Thursday last week (28 and 30 August).

The aim of the campaign was to demonstrate the local community’s determination to stamp out dog fouling and to advise dog owners of the consequences of not picking up after their dogs.

Dog owners who do not clean up after their pet face a fixed penalty of £75, which is reduced to £60 if they pay within 14 days. However, if the fine isn’t paid, they can be taken to court and prosecuted.

Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: "Our previous campaign in Ilfracombe was very successful and I'm delighted that Combe Martin has followed suit. Unfortunately, dog fouling is a problem that we can't tackle on our own - we need the help of local residents to find the culprits. That's why having local communities on board with these campaigns helps send a strong message to dog owners."

District and parish councillor Julia Clark says: "People have been complaining about dog mess in the Combe Martin area for years. By keeping up our zero tolerance attitude and high visibility appearance, we hope to send a clear message to dog walkers. It's something we intend to carry on with to keep Combe Martin a dog-mess free village."

The campaign follows a week-long operation in Ilfracombe in June, where four fixed penalty notices were issued. Further covert operations in the town, as well as in Combe Martin, will now be held. Meanwhile, the dog warden service will also continue to patrol the areas, as it does the rest of North Devon.

To report a dog fouling offence, phone 01271 388870 or email Information can be left anonymously. However, if possible, please leave your own name and address, so that our investigators can verify the facts, discuss the information and feed back on any action taken.

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