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Christchurch crack down on repeat dog fouling offenders
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Dog mess is being left in areas "where children could be playing"

Christchurch is cracking down on dog fouling after two fixed penalty notices were issued to the same person.

The council has now declared that any person that is known to be a repeat offender will not be given the option of paying a fixed penalty of £50.

They will instead be reported for prosecution and conviction which could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.

Six fixed penalty notices have been issued for dog fouling in Christchurch this year.

Two were given out at Steamer Point Nature Reserve, one at Mudeford Recreation Ground, one at Monkswell Green, one at Christchurch Quay and one at Stanpit Marsh.

The notices at the latter two places were to the same person.

'Getting tough'

Councillor Ray Nottage, portfolio holder for a safe and healthy community at Christchurch Borough Council, said: "It's often more difficult to catch offenders because they allow their dog to do its business at night or when there's no-one around.

"However, the unpleasant evidence is left behind - sometimes in places where children could be playing.

"Up until recently we've taken a view that we should be educating people into realising how anti-social it can be not to pick up after your dog and have done poster campaigns, and given warnings.

"But now we are going to get tough, particularly with people who are repeat offenders."

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