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Joint work to target dog fouling

Police and environmental health in Hilton
Police and environmental health will launch dedicated patrols

Joint police and environmental health patrols are to be launched in an effort to combat dog fouling and littering in an area of Inverness.

Northern Constabulary and Highland Council are taking the action following concerns from the community council and locals about the state of Hilton.

Those caught fly tipping, dropping litter or not cleaning up after their pets face fines of up to £50.

There have been seven prosecutions for dog fouling in Hilton since December.

Earlier this month it was reported that three young mothers with children were among 11 people issued with fixed penalty notices in the Highlands for not cleaning up after their pets.

Areas targeted

Faeces poses a risk to children's health if it is infected with toxocara canis worm, which can harm eyesight.

Rugby pitches and a canal path were among public areas targeted in the crackdown by Highland Council.

Enforcement and community works staff went out early in the morning, evenings and weekends to catch offenders.

The local authority said the week-long action in April was just the start of a clampdown.

The areas targeted last month included Bught rugby pitches and canal path, Hilton, Merkinch, Muirtown Basin and Kirkhill in Inverness as well as Nairn.

Highland Council's TEC services committee chairman John Laing said a minority were to blame.

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