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Bexley's careless dog owners warned they could face a criminal record

PUBLISHED: 13:25 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:25 21 March 2017

Bexley council states the borough has one of the lowest rates for rough sleepers

Bexley council states the borough has one of the lowest rates for rough sleepers

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The council is urging people to pick up their own dog mess

The council is reminding people that it is a criminal offence to leave dog mess behind.

Nearly a dozen people around the borough have been handed on-the-spot fines for dog fouling since October, when the council kicked off its litter enforcement programme.

“It’s not difficult to use a dog waste bin or public litter bin to throw your dog waste away,” said Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety environment and leisure.

“If that’s not possible, take it home and dispose of it in your own household waste bin.

“If you own a dog you have the responsibility not only to clear up after it but to dispose of their waste in the right way. Leaving it tied to a fence or tree means it will become a health hazard for other animals and people as well as looking disgusting.

“More importantly – it’s a criminal offence.”

Residents can help take a stand against dog fouling in Bexley by reporting incidents online to the Enviro-Crime Team. The team will need to know who may be committing an offence, where and at what times.

Sponsored dog waste bags are available to residents around the borough, sponsorship for the bags means the council is able to offering them for free.

To pick up the complimentary items, visit libraries in the following towns: Bexleyheath, Sidcup, Thamesmead, Erith, Welling and Crayford. Sponsorship of the bags allows them to be provided free of charge.

To report incidents to the Enviro-Crime team, visit www.bexley.gov.uk.

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