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Stricter dog-fouling powers to launch this week

Redcar_and_Cleveland_Borough_CouncilTOUGH new rules on people who fail to pick up after their dog, which have received overwhelming public support, are launching on Friday 1 July.

The Public Spaces Protection Order will see new offences grouped alongside existing offences under the wide ranging order. The new offences are: Failure to have the means to pick up after a dog and not allowing dogs in fenced-off children’s playgrounds.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council has become one of the first authorities in the country to introduce the new powers, which carry fines of £100 for anyone caught flouting the orders.

The fines will be introduced on Friday 1 July, 2016.

Cllr Alec Brown, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said:

“I am pleased the council is taking action against the minority of irresponsible dog owners. They ignore the rules which are put in place to keep our children safe and our neighbourhoods clean, and we are determined to tackle the problem.

“I am passionate about improving the aesthetics and appearance of the borough and I believe this is a big step in the right direction for making the borough a much more pleasant place to live, work and visit.”

For more information on the PSPO and to report dog fouling in your area, visit: www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/dogfouling or call 01642 774774.

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