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Catch the culprits
Wednesday 24th April, 2013

Wigan Borough residents are being asked to help catch the culprits who donít clean up after their dog.

In a crackdown against dog fouling, Wigan Councilís safer environment team are appealing for witnesses to come forward with enough information to catch those guilty of not picking up after their dog.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for environment and communities at Wigan Council, said:

“While we get a lot of calls from residents reporting the crime, the information they provide is usually not sufficient to identify the perpetrators.

In an effort to eliminate the mess from our streets and green spaces, weíre asking our residents to help.”

Terry Dunn, director for environment at Wigan Council, added: “Weíre asking responsible dog owners, who pick up after their dog, and residents of the borough, to help us to identify those who donít. By making a note of the time, route, dog and owner description, our officers will be able to catch them in the act.”

If you know of a serial offender, report them by contacting Wigan Council's helpline on 01942 404364 providing the date and time of the incident, the exact location, the personís name/description (if known), and description of the dog.

If an owner is caught not cleaning up after their dog, they will be issued with a fixed penalty fine of £50. If a fixed penalty is issued and not paid, prosecution for the offence provides a fine of up to £1000 upon conviction.

Residents can pick up their free dog bags from Life Centres or libraries, for more information please visit: www.wigan.gov.uk/Services/Environment/PublicHealth/Dog_fouling_law.htm

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