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Last Updated: Friday, 10 June, 2005, 20:05 GMT 21:05 UK
Pupils draw on dog poo lessons
Schoolchildren in Carlisle are to exhibit artwork created after experiencing the unpleasant effects of dealing with dog dirt.

Youngsters from more than 40 schools in the city have been given special lessons dealing with litter.

This weekend they are showing off paintings, story boards and poetry, themed on the anti-social aspects of litter and dog fouling.

The exhibition takes place at the Tullie House Museum on 11-12 June.

The exhibition is the result of 44 school visits by Carlisle City Council's dog fouling enforcement section.

Representatives from the section explained the implications of dropping litter and not picking up dog foul.

Primary schools

The school visits included school assemblies in primary schools and discussion groups in secondary schools.

Ray Bloxham, portfolio holder for environment, infrastructure and transport with Carlisle City Council, said: "This is the first time that the team has visited secondary schools and follows in the wake of previous successful infant and primary school visits.

"They've found that being able to talk direct to youngsters about the issues of dog fouling and litter helps get the message across."

The city council adopted the right to enforce dog fouling five years ago and until recently the revenue generated from the fines went back to central government.

However, since November 2003 the cash has gone towards funding initiatives to promote anti-dog fouling measures.

There are an estimated 15,000 dogs in the Carlisle city council area, producing 3 tonnes of faeces every day - enough to cover 17 football pitches each year.


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