Horncastle police say dog mess patrols are working

PCSO Nigel Wass and ELDC Dog Warden Sue Farenden say their campaign against dog fouling is working. EMN-151201-165202001
PCSO Nigel Wass and ELDC Dog Warden Sue Farenden say their campaign against dog fouling is working. EMN-151201-165202001

Extra patrols are cracking down on Horncastle’s dog fouling problem - despite claims it is still an issue in several areas of the town.

Police have joined forces with East Lindsey District Council in a joint initiative following complaints from residents and councillors.

Speaking at a town council meeting last week, PCSO Nigel Wass said he believed the problem was improving.

He said he that on a recent patrol with ELDC’s dog warden, they had not discovered any dog fouling.

PCSO Wass also revealed a warning letter had been sent to one resident who was “suspected” of not clearing up dog mess on a pavement,

Councillor Fiona Martin welcomed the patrols but said the number of complaints she received suggested there was still an issue - particularly on pavements on Stanhope Road and Bowl Alley Lane, close to Horncastle Primary School and St Lawrence School

Coun Martin said: “People are still on the phone to me daily so it is still an issue, especially near to the schools.”

PCSO Wass confirmed patrols would continue and urged people to come forward and report any irresponsible owners.

He stressed a decision about whether to take legal action against offenders was a matter for ELDC. He said police would always offer support.

He added: “We are aware of the problem areas and the publicity in the Horncastle News means dog owners are aware of the situation.

“There is now a genuine feeling that if people see anything, they will report it.

“I would encourage them to do that.”

Several councillors called on ELDC to make sure dog waste bins were emptied more regularly.

Coun Lynda Baker said one bin on the Spa Trail had been thrown into the river.