£50 reward for Hyndburn 'pooper snoopers'

£50 reward for Hyndburn 'pooper snoopers'

£50 reward for Hyndburn 'pooper snoopers'

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REWARDS of £50 are being offered to ‘dog detectives’ who catch irresponsible owners not clearing up their pet’s mess.

Hyndburn Council is the first in the North West to launch the radical scheme, which will see residents ‘paid’ for helping catch those who let their dogs foul in public.

Amateur sleuths have been asked to take pictures of the guilty parties, before getting their address and reporting them to the council.

The move comes after the number of fixed penalty notices issued to pet owners in Hyndburn dwindled in recent years. In 2006, 39 people were handed £75 fines, compared to just eight last year, despite 269 complaints from residents.

Labour council leader Miles Parkinson said: “We take a proactive approach to dog fouling, but we can’t have a dog warden on every street corner.

“We are now looking to make payments to residents who inform us of dog owners who allow their dogs to foul footpaths, and other places.”

Hyndburn Council’s scheme follows in the footsteps of Stafford Council, which promised a £75 reward for reporting dog fouling in December. Waltham Forest Council, in London, and Narberth, in Pembrokeshire, Wales, also launched similar schemes.

Opposition leader, Coun Peter Britcliffe, questioned the timing of the scheme’s introduction.

He said: “You do sometimes wonder if these actions are designed as election propaganda. They are trying to cover up their appalling record of dealing with the problem.”

To qualify for the reward, residents must take a picture of a dog fouling, another of it leaving the site with its owner, and a third of the muck once they’ve left.

The photos must be sent to the council, along with the person’s address, and the informant has to agree to give a statement, and appear in court if necessary. Then, £50 of the perpetrator’s fine goes to the person who rep-orted them.

Cabinet member for environmental services, Coun Paul Cox, said: “This latest campaign is about getting the message through to the minority of irresponsible dog owners, who don’t clean up after their dogs that we are on the case.”

Last year, 100 extra dog bins were sited around Hyndburn, and free bags for owners are available from Scaitcliffe House, in Ormerod Street, Accrington, and the Willow Lane depot. PCSOs have also been drafted in to try and tackle the issue.

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11:07am Thu 17 Apr 14

shirtbox says...

Excuse me can I take a pic of you and your dog mess,and what is your name and address I am going to report you to the council,can you imagine what the response would be.You would be taking a trip to A & E.Who dreamt this up. lol. Well done Clown Hall.
Excuse me can I take a pic of you and your dog mess,and what is your name and address I am going to report you to the council,can you imagine what the response would be.You would be taking a trip to A & E.Who dreamt this up. lol. Well done Clown Hall. shirtbox
  • Score: 25

11:19am Thu 17 Apr 14

midas says...

"Then, £50 of the perpetrator’s fine goes to the person who rep-orted them".

Is this £50 if they pay the fixed penalty because the Council don't get any of the Court fine? If it does go to Court it will be an interesting line of cross examination probably starting with "how much is the Council paying you to come to Court?"
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"Then, £50 of the perpetrator’s fine goes to the person who rep-orted them". Is this £50 if they pay the fixed penalty because the Council don't get any of the Court fine? If it does go to Court it will be an interesting line of cross examination probably starting with "how much is the Council paying you to come to Court?" . midas
  • Score: 12

12:59pm Thu 17 Apr 14

maxcollie says...

Excuse me your dog's just pooed and you haven't picked it up. I didn't have my camera ready. Can you do it again for me?
Excuse me your dog's just pooed and you haven't picked it up. I didn't have my camera ready. Can you do it again for me? maxcollie
  • Score: -6

1:12pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Casper's mum says...

So I'm expected to take their photo and find out where they liveall the while hoping I don't face a barrage of abuse or get my head kicked in, spend my time making a statement and maybe even take time off work to go to court for £50? You know what, don't think I'll bother thanks!
So I'm expected to take their photo and find out where they liveall the while hoping I don't face a barrage of abuse or get my head kicked in, spend my time making a statement and maybe even take time off work to go to court for £50? You know what, don't think I'll bother thanks! Casper's mum
  • Score: 13

1:35pm Thu 17 Apr 14

whittsend says...

What a great idea. I'll start on whiteash playing fields.
What a great idea. I'll start on whiteash playing fields. whittsend
  • Score: 11

3:20pm Thu 17 Apr 14

greenscreener says...

This sounds like a charter enabling vindictive busybodies to follow people around and make a bloody nuisance of themselves. A photo of a dog having a crap does not prove that the owner did not then pick it up.
This sounds like a charter enabling vindictive busybodies to follow people around and make a bloody nuisance of themselves. A photo of a dog having a crap does not prove that the owner did not then pick it up. greenscreener
  • Score: 14

4:58pm Thu 17 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

What a cracking business idea no doubt subsidised traing course will be available lol
What a cracking business idea no doubt subsidised traing course will be available lol ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 7

5:00pm Thu 17 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Hyndburn Clowncil striving to provide opportunities for the unemployed. !!!
Hyndburn Clowncil striving to provide opportunities for the unemployed. !!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 8

5:05pm Thu 17 Apr 14

moxhie says...

Britcliffe said: “You do sometimes wonder if these actions are designed as election propaganda. They are trying to cover up their appalling record of dealing with the problem.”

And what did he do before he was kicked out of office ?
Britcliffe said: “You do sometimes wonder if these actions are designed as election propaganda. They are trying to cover up their appalling record of dealing with the problem.” And what did he do before he was kicked out of office ? moxhie
  • Score: 10

6:21pm Thu 17 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

shirtbox wrote:
Excuse me can I take a pic of you and your dog mess,and what is your name and address I am going to report you to the council,can you imagine what the response would be.You would be taking a trip to A & E.Who dreamt this up. lol. Well done Clown Hall.
Why not I will

I reacons I could make about £50 a night
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: Excuse me can I take a pic of you and your dog mess,and what is your name and address I am going to report you to the council,can you imagine what the response would be.You would be taking a trip to A & E.Who dreamt this up. lol. Well done Clown Hall.[/p][/quote]Why not I will I reacons I could make about £50 a night 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 6

6:55pm Thu 17 Apr 14

shanbrurik says...

WHAT!!!! So Hyndburn will be overrun with dark glasses , trilby hat wearing wanna be Dick Tracy's...oo 'er
While they're at it, can they catch the dirty buggers who spit all over the pavements.
WHAT!!!! So Hyndburn will be overrun with dark glasses , trilby hat wearing wanna be Dick Tracy's...oo 'er While they're at it, can they catch the dirty buggers who spit all over the pavements. shanbrurik
  • Score: 8

6:57pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Ancona1 says...

This is a ridiculous idea and here's why. I am a responsible dog owner I always pick up after my dogs.
A certain person who lives near a scout camp in Hyndburn took it upon himself to stalk and harass me over a period of nearly 12 months because- someone, not me he later admitted to the Police had let their dog poo outside his house. He contacted the council and was told he should try and follow people home.
Here's my issue what he was told by a council official to do. He used to hide (badly) and watch me, he used to fly past us on his quad bike scaring both me and my dogs and causing a danger to other road users/ pedestrians, he used his car to try and force us against hedges and walls by driving very close to us. The final straw came when he tried following me in his car when he had been to the pub on several occasions, he used to sit in the window and run out when he saw me!. As an honest law abiding citizen I had just about had enough and actually tried to chase after him because I was so concerned about what he was up to trying to follow me home. I contacted the Police and he was spoken to and it turned out he is a bit of a clean freak and doesn't like dogs! He had singled me out as I have a big dog?
The top and bottom of it is this is a dangerous idea by the council, I fully support any initiative to keep the streets clean and punish irresponsible dog owners but this is not the answer it will create trouble.
This is a ridiculous idea and here's why. I am a responsible dog owner I always pick up after my dogs. A certain person who lives near a scout camp in Hyndburn took it upon himself to stalk and harass me over a period of nearly 12 months because- someone, not me he later admitted to the Police had let their dog poo outside his house. He contacted the council and was told he should try and follow people home. Here's my issue what he was told by a council official to do. He used to hide (badly) and watch me, he used to fly past us on his quad bike scaring both me and my dogs and causing a danger to other road users/ pedestrians, he used his car to try and force us against hedges and walls by driving very close to us. The final straw came when he tried following me in his car when he had been to the pub on several occasions, he used to sit in the window and run out when he saw me!. As an honest law abiding citizen I had just about had enough and actually tried to chase after him because I was so concerned about what he was up to trying to follow me home. I contacted the Police and he was spoken to and it turned out he is a bit of a clean freak and doesn't like dogs! He had singled me out as I have a big dog? The top and bottom of it is this is a dangerous idea by the council, I fully support any initiative to keep the streets clean and punish irresponsible dog owners but this is not the answer it will create trouble. Ancona1
  • Score: 8

1:21am Fri 18 Apr 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

Easy money! Pet owners beware! That much of this going on in this town, it will pay for my 2 weeks holidays next year with spending money! Hong Kong Pooy!
Easy money! Pet owners beware! That much of this going on in this town, it will pay for my 2 weeks holidays next year with spending money! Hong Kong Pooy! DoggydogNo1
  • Score: 6

8:18pm Sun 20 Apr 14

maz;0) says...

Have they sacked the dog warden ?? :)
Have they sacked the dog warden ?? :) maz;0)
  • Score: 1

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