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Double fine for dog fouling in Scotland

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The penalty for dog fouling will be doubled from £40 to £80 in Scotland.

The increase, which will be in place from April 1 2016, has been supported by the Scottish Borders Council.

The timing of the increased fine fits in well with the Council’s new dog fouling strategy, which is currently being finalised and is expected to include enforcement as well as education."

– Councillor David Paterson, Executive Member for Environmental Services at Scottish Borders Council

Marine Conservation Zone created for Allonby Bay

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Wildlife groups say important types of marine life off the coast of west Cumbria will be much better protected in the future.

A management plan will now be drawn up for Allonby Bay, near Maryport, after its national designation as a Marine Conservation Zone.

At the local aquarium the news has been welcomed:

I think the idea of creating a Marine Conservation Zone within Allonby Bay and other areas is very good, very important for the marine life and marine habitats and it can only do good really.

– Paul Sloan, The Lake District Coast Aquarium

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