Scores must pay dog fouling fines

COUNCIL chiefs are clamping down on littering and dog fouling and have issued more than 80 fixed penalty notices in a month.

Durham County Council neighbourhood wardens, including those in East Durham, are working hard to stop people committing offences against the environment to make the area a cleaner, greener place in which to live and work.

The council officers have been working in partnership with police community support officers to carry out enforcement action.

In January, the council issued the following fixed penalty notices:

l Nine for dog fouling;

l 48 for littering;

l 27 for failing to comply with a litter clearing notice.

In the Peterlee area alone, nine fixed penalty notices were issued for littering in the town centre.

Ian Hoult, neighbourhood protection manager at Durham County Council, said: “Littering and dog fouling are of great concern to local people and we are determined to continue to tackle those responsible.

“To help us achieve this, we are calling on residents to come forward with any information they have regarding the identities of possible offenders.”

Throughout this month neighbourhood wardens will be targeting their patrols on dog fouling hot spot areas across the county as part of the council’s responsible dog ownership campaign.

The wardens will be working with the council’s civic pride officers in educating dog owners on how to be responsible.

If anyone can provide information on people who litter or fail to pick up after their dogs, call (03000) 261000 with as much detail of the incident as possible.