Tackling dog fouling

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PEOPLE have been thanked for their help in tackling a stinky problem.

Durham County Council and Durham Constabulary have been working with residents to address dog fouling.

Feedback sessions were held to help the organisations understand why public perception of such low level antisocial behaviour remained high, despite a significant reduction in the number of incidents.

During discussions, residents supported education and enforcement initiatives in place.

However some additional suggestions will now be considered as part of a drive to improve the response further.

Ivan Wood, from Durham Police, said: “We recognise the importance of tackling such low level antisocial acts as important in preventing more serious crime and disorder which is why PCSOs are empowered to issue fixed penalty notices for littering and dog fouling.”

He added: “Consequently we are equally pleased with the contribution that residents have made at these focus groups and we will be working in partnership with the council to ensure improvements are made.”