Crackdown on irresponsible dog owners
Irresponsible dog owners who fail to clear up after their pets will face a �50 slap on the wrist under a new crackdown in Ipswich.
IPSWICH: Irresponsible dog owners who fail to clear up after their pets will face a �50 slap on the wrist under a new crackdown in Ipswich.
Ipswich Borough Council says it collects around five tonnes of dog waste from its dog bins in and around parks and green spaces every month.
But bosses claim not everybody is clearing up after their pooches, with scores of piles of dog mess left on streets and parks.
The council's Cleanspace enforcement team will now be taking a tough line on those caught failing to adhere to the rules.
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The team will be patrolling the streets and parks of Ipswich throughout the autumn and will issue any offenders with a �50 fixed penalty notice.
Primary schools within the town will also be visited with pupils urged to get behind the campaign to keep the streets clean.
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The council is also looking for the public's help. Anyone who spots dog mess left in the street should call and give a description of the offender, both owner and dog, along with the times the route is walked. The council will then arrange a patrol.
To report the matter, contact the Cleaner Ipswich Hotline on 01473 433000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools wishing to support the campaign should call Glynis Wood on 01473 432994.
Is the problem getting worse in Ipswich? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail email@example.com