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Students join dog poo campaign

A team of Boston College students have volunteered to help the borough council with its dog poo campaign.

The Level 2 Public Service students, many of whom are planning to join the uniformed services, are to undertake a survey to gauge public opinion about the recently-introduced tougher rules on cleaning up after dogs.

They will be asking the public what they think about the use of new legislation in the borough requiring dog walkers to show they are equipped to clean up or face the prospect of a £100 fine.

Fines for failing to clean up after a dog, allowing a dog into an enclosed children's play area or refusing to put a dangerous or nuisance dog on a lead have been doubled to £100.

The new powers have been introduced under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 which allows councils to create a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

Public consultation showed that 90 per cent were in favour of it being an offence for dog walkers not to carry a bag or the means at all times to clean up after their dog. And 74 per cent agreed the fine should be £100.

Now the 12 students will revisit the subject and, during their 15 hours voluntary public service, will also go out on patrol with the council's enforcement officers helping to highlight problem areas where dog walkers are not cleaning up.

They will shame dog owners by spraying dog poo with bright pink chalk-based spray, post clean-up notices and help deliver leaflets to addresses in hot spots.

Student Dennis Chmelevskis (17) said he always cleans up after his German Shepherd dog, Boss.

"It's the right thing to do," he said.

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Boss's owner Dennis, armed with dog poo bags and pink spray, with other public service students from Boston College.