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Dog mess teams target Blackpool streets

Teams of police, dog wardens and council environmental staff are working together in Blackpool to clear up dog mess hotspots.

The teams have been brought together by Blackpool Council in response to complaints from the public.

They are operating in the most affected areas issuing fixed penalty notices to owners and handing out leaflets warning of health dangers.

Toxocara canis infection, common in dog mess, can cause asthma and blindness.

A council spokesman said: "Dog owners are being informed that their dogs faeces must be picked up in a plastic bag and placed in any non-recycle council bin.

"They do not have to use a designated dog fouling bin.

"Owners must remove their dog faeces immediately from footpaths, grass verges or public places, as failing to do so will result in you being issued with a £50 fixed penalty notice."

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