Call for owners to clear up the mess

DOG mess is plaguing trips to school for children in the Highfield Road, Mansfield Road and Garrick Way Park area of Ipswich.

DOG mess is plaguing trips to school for children in the Highfield Road, Mansfield Road and Garrick Way Park area of Ipswich. Donna Faulkes said her son, Harry is constantly walking in the stuff on his daily walks to school.

The ten year old boy from Castle Hill Junior School suffers with ADHD and Autism and Mrs Faulkes pleaded that stepping in the Dog's mess is hardly his fault and that it should never have been there.

The 36-year-old said: “It's literally every day that my son steps in it. If people can't keep dog mess off the streets then they shouldn't keep dogs.

“A school teacher told me that her child actually fell in the stuff on their way to school.”


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An Ipswich council spokesman said that although they had not received any complaints in the area they will do what they can to help: “We are determined to rid Ipswich of the menace of dog mess. It is unsightly and a potential health hazard and it is also illegal not to clean up after your pet.”

Mrs Faulkes accepts that the problem is being tackled but believes it is up to individuals to improve on the situation.

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“One really big bit we saw on the way to school, which I don't quite know how we missed, was cleaned up by the time we were on our way home at the end of the day. But it should never have been there anyway.”

If pet owners do not clean up after their pets they could face a fixed penalty ticket for £50 which if the do not pay, they could then face a court appearance and a maximum fine of £1,000.

To report dog mess in your area call the Cleaner Ipswich Hotline on: 01473 433000 or e-mail cleaner.ipswich@ipswich.gov.uk

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