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Vacuum pooper scooper helps Hull's fight against grime

A portable vacuum pooper scooper is the new weapon of choice in a war against dog dirt on a Hull housing estate. The device has been launched by the Riverside organisation as part of a new campaign which hopes to highlight the dangers of dog fouling.

Riverside's scheme comes after a survey found pavement mess to be the most important issue for residents on the North Bransholme estate in Hull. Environment officers from North Bransholme Sports Forum will take to the streets with the scooper, and will then spray the pavement with disinfectant.

The team, who provide environmental services for Riverside, will use stencils and chalk spray to mark the area in which the mess was found. The council's enforcement team will be informed of the location of the dirt so they can pinpoint hotspots and find the culprits.