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Dog-owners warned to take waste bags home from Constantine Bay

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 02, 2014

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PET owners are making a mess of a North Cornwall beach and have been warned they will be fined if they are caught dumping dog waste bags in the area.

Cornwall Council has recently received complaints from the public about dog waste bags being left at Constantine Bay beach near Padstow, where there have been reports of bags left hanging on lifeguard stations and fences.

Those responsible for such antisocial behaviour can be issued with an £80 fine for littering.

Local authority staff undertake patrols across Cornwall and anyone seen not picking up after their dog has fouled or littering by not properly disposing of the bagged waste, will be issued with a fixed penalty notice, Cornwall Council said.

All officers within the council's community and environmental protection teams are authorised to serve fixed penalty notices, as are police officers, police community support officers and some town and parish council officers.

Cornwall Council's senior environmental health officer, Kevin Brader said: "We are receiving reports that while dog-owners are picking up after their pets, they are then leaving the bags and not disposing of them either by taking them home or holding on to them and putting them in a bin. It is important that once the mess has been collected that it is disposed of in an appropriate waste bin.

"Dog poo bags can be put in standard litter bins as well as dog waste bins. Dog poo left in bags in the environment, as well as being unsightly, affect Cornwall's beaches, countryside and other open spaces,'' said Mr Brader.

Members of the public are asked to report offenders who do not pick up after their dogs. They can do so via the Cornwall Council website by clicking on the 'report it' link on the home page at www.cornwall.gov..uk; via the council's Facebook page by clicking on the Report It button, or by calling 0300 1234 212.

If a member of the public provides sufficient information to proceed then a fixed penalty notice can be issued retrospectively.

"Cornwall Council would like to urge all responsible dog-owners and non-dog-owners to assist in tackling this antisocial behaviour,'' said Mr Brader.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  February 03 2014, 7:25PM

    These people at Constantine Bay have obviously been leaning from the dog owners of Bodmin who have been propagating "*****trees" on the Bodmin Beacon for many years.

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  • josdave  |  February 03 2014, 10:34AM

    There is available to the courts a very big fine of £1,000 but none of them ever dish out more than about £100. If they used the maximum more often and publicised it then it might act as a deterrent of sorts to those irresponsible owners who have no concern for anybody but themselves.

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  • break  |  February 02 2014, 6:54PM

    "Cornwall Council has recently received complaints from the public about dog waste bags being left at Constantine Bay beach",so it seems as though no-one else in Cornwall has complained about dog waste,in or out of bags.That's strange,considering the amount of mess around.Some places its alright though,'cause we can't use the pavements anyway 'cause the council doesn't maintain the overgrowth growing over the pavement.But so long as Constantine Bay is clean,I don't suppose anywhere else matters.

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