RESIDENTS in Kirkheaton are the latest to kick up a stink about dog poo.
They have joined police in urging dog owners to be responsible for their pets after an increase in dog fouling in the area.
Huddersfield South Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) and Kirklees Council’s dog warden have met with residents and were told that people who were letting their dogs foul the streets were putting children at risk.
Officers heard how children were having to walk in the road on their way to schools to avoid the dog mess and were potentially risking being hit by vehicles.
A similar issue had previously been raised by residents in Berry Brow, but it appears the problem is more widespread.
As a result, PCSO Sarah Conderson has been patrolling the area with the dog warden, speaking to dog walkers in the area.
She also visited two homes to speak to people suspected of allowing their dogs to foul the streets.
Bag dispensers have also been put up in the affected areas, offering dog walkers no excuses for allowing their dogs to mess up the streets.
Sgt Nicola Brown of the Huddersfield South NPT said: “While dog mess on the streets is not normally a police matter, we were concerned by what we heard at the recent Dalton Ward meeting and decided to take some action, working with our partners to hopefully tackle this problem.
“Together with our partners we will always act on matters that are causing concern in the community.”
The next local area meeting is at 6.30pm on Monday December 19 at The Parish Centre at Church Lane in Kirkheaton.