Hambleton’s new fleet of refuse trucks have taken to the road – sporting a brand new banner urging people to crackdown on dog fouling.

Young footballers from Brompton Junior Football Club posed for the campaign with the message: ‘Don’t turn your back on dog fouling – bag it and bin it’.

Team coach, Michael Stimson, said that irresponsible dog owners not only allow their pets to foul on the pitches but often let them run free when games are in play.

“We are delighted to take part in this campaign – we want people to think twice before taking their pets on to playing fields and parks,” he said.

“We hope that by highlighting it on the trucks dog owners will take notice.”

The new trucks – which replace five of the district council’s ageing fleet of trucks – took to the streets collecting household and green waste today (December 1).

“These new vehicles are fitted with the most up to date technology for our waste collectors – as well as being a great way of advertising our services and campaigns,” added Cabinet Spokesperson, Councillor Stephen Watson, who is pictured with some of the Hambleton waste and street scene crew.

“The dog fouling message is a vital one – we will take action if we see this happening.  No one wants an £50 on the spot fine when all it takes to avoid it is to clean up after your pets.   We urge everyone to bag it and bin it.”

Anyone wishing to report incidents of dog fouling should call the council on 01609 779977.