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Powys football club cries foul to police over dog mess

24 February 10 06:57 GMT

The chairman of a Powys football club has complained to police about dog owners who allow their pets to foul on his pitch.

Guilsfield FC's officials have to clear the playing surface of dog mess before matches and training sessions.

Chairman Paul Harding said his players had to clear the pitch, near Welshpool, before one match after the referee complained about the problem.

Mr Harding has written to Dyfed-Powys Police for advice.

He added the club was concerned about the health risk posed to its players, and particularly the pupils at a nearby primary school.

Guilsfield FC is a village side playing in the Cymru Alliance league.

But it has condemned dog owners for showing a lack of respect by allowing their pets to leave a mess of the pitch.

"At the moment it's very bad," said Mr Harding.

"It's not just the pitch, it's around the primary school as well.

"They [dog owners] think they can let their dogs go willy nilly. There's no respect for anybody else.

"At its worse, a quarter of a supermarket carrier bag full of mess has been collected before a match.

"On one occasion the players had to help clear up the mess before the game after the referee said he wouldn't play the game."

As a last resort, Mr Harding said the club had written to Dyfed-Powys Police for advice.

"It might be that they'll have to carry out spot checks, but we haven't heard back from them yet," he said.

Dyfed-Powys Police said the neighbourhood policing team was aware of the long standing issue with dog fouling on the pitch.

A spokeswoman said: "This is a matter for the council and all concerns relating to this should be brought to their attention."

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