Higher fines for dog owners

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FINES for dog owners who fail to clean up after their dogs foul in public places are to be increased to £80 in Chesterfield.

The fixed penalty notice has been increased from £50 to £80 for first-time offenders - but those who repeatedly break the law could be prosecuted and fined £1,000.

New signs are to be erected across Chesterfield to warn dog owners.

Street Scene enforcement officers and neighbourhood and park rangers will also patrol problem areas.

Coun Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Council member for the environment, said: “The council wants people to enjoy the borough’s parks and open spaces and be able to walk down the street without worrying about dog dirt.

“The introduction of this Dog Control Order has enabled us to raise the penalty to the legal maximum and will hopefully act as a stronger deterrent and help us maintain a cleaner borough.”