Posing in the picture are the lovely brother and sister duo, Archie (left) and Holly (right)

Lichfield District Council is urging local people to help them tackle dog walkers who persistently fail to clean up after their dogs.

In a bid to rid its streets of dogs’ mess, Lichfield District Council is tackling the issue street by street and, if a dog fouling hotspot is reported, will deliver postcards to local homes urging residents to come forward with any information they may have about who is not clearing up after their dog.

The postcards ask anyone with information to report it to the council, including the times the dog fouling is happening, the places, a description of the dog and the owner, and the address if known.

This is so the council can target its dog fouling patrols effectively, to stand a better chance of catching the culprits in action, to issue a fixed penalty notice of up to £80 or go straight to a prosecution.

Councillor Doug Pullen, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, Housing & Wellbeing, said: “In survey after survey, dog fouling is always one of the top community complaints, and we know that most dog owners take their responsibilities very seriously and clean up after their animals. However, if just one person does not remove their dog’s mess repeatedly, it can blight local neighbourhoods.

“Through our new targeted approach, we hope that communities will come together to help us put an end to dog fouling left on streets and green spaces, and that our postcards reinforce the message to dog owners that they must always clean up after their dogs.”

To report a dog fouling hotspot or any information you have, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/reportit, email pollution@lichfielddc.gov.uk or call 01543 308725.

If you just need some dog fouling cleaned up but do not have any further information, please lichfieldconnnects@lichfielddc.gov.uk or call 01543 308000.