Dog owners told not to mess with Langho church

St Leonard’s churchyard

St Leonard’s churchyard

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

DOG owners have been warned not to throw bags of their pets’ mess over a Ribble Valley church’s wall or they will be reported to the police.

A recent clear-up at St Leonard’s CE Church in Langho found around 20 bags behind the wall which is shared with the local primary school.

Billington resident Ged Mirfin, who attends the church, said that new bags are found every day and that the problem has been going on for ‘some time’.

Dog wardens from Ribble Valley Borough Council have been asked to patrol the area in a bid to deter the bags from being thrown.

Children have designed a poster asking for the bags not to be dropped on the site and have placed it on the gates of St Leonard’s CE Primary School. Rev Andrew Malcolm from the church has said that he ‘would have no hesitation’ in reporting anyone who is seen throwing the bags to the police.

Coun Mirfin, who is a borough councillor, said: “We have a problem for a whole of people throwing the bags over the church’s wall.

“We recently cleared them all up and there were around 20 bags there. It’s distasteful and also a health hazard to church-goers and the pupils at the school.

“It’s very uncivil and I would call on people to stop doing it.

“Anyone who witnesses it happening should contact the council’s dog wardens.”

Rev Malcolm said: “It’s disgusting and it’s unbelievable that people would do this at a church which is so close to a primary school.

“It’s been going on for about four months but it died away for a while but has increased recently.

“People have told me that bags are also thrown into hedges further down the road to St Augustine’s RC High School in Billington.

“It needs to stop because it’s very unsavoury and a health hazard to everyone.”

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3:01pm Fri 11 Jul 14

S4AWX100 says...

I can't believe this happening in the Ribble Valley, NOT!
I can't believe this happening in the Ribble Valley, NOT! S4AWX100
  • Score: 1

6:42pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

I cannot believe that is St Leonard's church either in the photo.
I cannot believe that is St Leonard's church either in the photo. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 11

9:41am Sat 12 Jul 14

Barb-Dwyer says...

I see a parent walk to school everyday with 2 dogs and 2 children. She bags hers and leaves it along the wall opposite the pub.

Perhaps they need to educate those closer to home first
I see a parent walk to school everyday with 2 dogs and 2 children. She bags hers and leaves it along the wall opposite the pub. Perhaps they need to educate those closer to home first Barb-Dwyer
  • Score: 7

11:10pm Sun 20 Jul 14

unjust says...

I always bring home my dogs waste however considering how much council tax the residents of Ribble Valley pay provide bins!!
I always bring home my dogs waste however considering how much council tax the residents of Ribble Valley pay provide bins!! unjust
  • Score: 2

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