Community police joining wardens in new Blackburn dog muck crackdown

Community police joining wardens in new Blackburn dog muck crackdown

Community police joining wardens in new Blackburn dog muck crackdown

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POLICE community support officers are to join Blackburn with Darwen Council's fight against dog muck.

Environment boss Jim Smith revealed he has been in talks to get the 50-plus PCSOs involved in the battle to keep the borough’s streets and parks clean and safe.

He told the council executive board of the plan as it approved new controls on dogs in children’s play areas, cemeteries, church grounds and sports fields.

Coun Smith said the new controls were part of the borough’s drive to see irresponsible dog owners who allowed their animals to foul streets and parks caught and fined.

He appealed to other residents and responsible pet owners to report offenders.

Coun Smith said: “We have three dog wardens but we are keen to get PCSOs involved. That would mean another 50- plus officers keeping an eye on dog fouling.

“We have run campaigns designed to shock on this issue in Marsh House and Mill Hill which have been well received. I hope to extend these across the borough. Dog muck is horrible and a real problem.”

The proposals will ban all dogs, except guide dogs, from all 45 enclosed play areas. It will become an offence not to keep a dog on a lead in 10 cemeteries, church precincts and burial grounds, including the Cathedral Close.

On eight more playing fields, officials will be able to order owners to put their dogs on a lead on pain of a £75 fine.

Borough leader Kate Hollern said: “I am happy that dogs will not be allowed in play areas and will have to be kept on leads in church yards and burial grounds.”

Tory opposition leader Mike Lee also backed the action.

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3:49pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Bluelizzy says...

If they want to catch them at it, it's not much good being in uniform.
Same as parking outside schools... nobody does it with a copper stood there.
If they want to catch them at it, it's not much good being in uniform. Same as parking outside schools... nobody does it with a copper stood there. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 15

7:35pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Pat Howarth says...

My dogs 'go' in my yard before I take them out for a walk. That way there's very little chance of me having to pick up and find a bin when I'm out. That , to me, is being a responsible dog owner.
I'm totally responsible for what goes into my dogs and what comes out of them.
If you don't have a yard or a garden...make sure you have enough bags with you on your walk ...AND USE THEM to pick up with and dispose of them correctly...don't throw them in the hedges and trees....you're an intelligent human being....so don't act like a brain dead moron.
If you can't/won't be a responsible dog owner.....find a better home for your dog.
My dogs 'go' in my yard before I take them out for a walk. That way there's very little chance of me having to pick up and find a bin when I'm out. That , to me, is being a responsible dog owner. I'm totally responsible for what goes into my dogs and what comes out of them. If you don't have a yard or a garden...make sure you have enough bags with you on your walk ...AND USE THEM to pick up with and dispose of them correctly...don't throw them in the hedges and trees....you're an intelligent human being....so don't act like a brain dead moron. If you can't/won't be a responsible dog owner.....find a better home for your dog. Pat Howarth
  • Score: 8

10:23pm Mon 17 Mar 14

mmickk says...

Environment boss Jim Smith revealed he has been in talks to get the 50-plus PCSOs involved in the battle to keep the borough’s streets and parks clean and safe. So have they not been trained to uphold the law. When out on duty is it not what they are paid to do? Please ask them to look out for people dropping litter as well whilst there at it. Then maybe Blackburn could be a bit more pleasant to live in.
Environment boss Jim Smith revealed he has been in talks to get the 50-plus PCSOs involved in the battle to keep the borough’s streets and parks clean and safe. So have they not been trained to uphold the law. When out on duty is it not what they are paid to do? Please ask them to look out for people dropping litter as well whilst there at it. Then maybe Blackburn could be a bit more pleasant to live in. mmickk
  • Score: 10

9:20am Tue 18 Mar 14

Richard Pembrook says...

Dogs in Whitehall park in Darwen are an absolute nuisance, the whole park stinks of dog sh1t and local kids can't use it. We never go there, we have a pram and everytime we go to the park we have to scrape it from the wheels when we get home & disinfect it before we can bring it in the house.
Potential dog owners should be given an i.q. test before getting an animal. We also have a massive problem with dogs running free off the lead, chasing children in the park.
Dogs in Whitehall park in Darwen are an absolute nuisance, the whole park stinks of dog sh1t and local kids can't use it. We never go there, we have a pram and everytime we go to the park we have to scrape it from the wheels when we get home & disinfect it before we can bring it in the house. Potential dog owners should be given an i.q. test before getting an animal. We also have a massive problem with dogs running free off the lead, chasing children in the park. Richard Pembrook
  • Score: -2

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