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Busy 24 hours for Cumbria Police Dogs

Two Police Dogs working for Cumbria Police have had a busy 24 hours.

Ozzy the Police Dog detained two suspects who had made off from patrols, following an incident on Tuesday evening.

A few hours later, fellow Police Dog Will managed to track a suspect who was hiding in a garden after fleeing from a stolen car.


Council brings in private firm to tackle dog fouling

Dog fouling. Credit: PA

Scottish Borders Council has brought in a private firm to help tackle dog fouling.

Today, councillors agreed to a one-year pilot scheme, which is believed to be the first time a Scottish council and private company have teamed up on the issue of dog fouling.

The contractor will appoint two enforcement officers who will not only be able to issue tickets for dog fouling, but also littering.

They will target known problem areas across the region.

Alongside enforcement, the officers will also fulfil an education role.

The pilot project is expected to start within two months, coinciding with the fixed penalty for dog fouling doubling to £80 on 1 April.

The one year pilot will be reviewed regularly to understand its impact, before a longer term solution is recommended.

SBC’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, Councillor David Paterson, said: “I am delighted Councillors have supported this new strategy to promote responsible dog ownership, and tackle dog fouling.

“Dog fouling is a disgusting health hazard and the public will be encouraged to get involved and support this new approach.

“With enforcement officers soon in place, those who let their dog foul or litter should be aware they risk being fined £80 or even ending up in court."

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
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