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Police get tough on offending dog owners

23 August 2016

The States and Honorary Police, along with the Department of the Environment are working together to target dog walkers who don’t pick up after their animals.

Last week officers from the St Brelade and St Ouen Honorary forces with support from the States of Jersey Police stepped up patrols of two badly affected sites; Noirmont in St Brelade and La Mielle de Morville in St Ouen (BBQ areas opposite Secrets).

They were joined by staff from the Department of the Environment’s Natural Environment Section.

The aim was to demonstrate that both the police and the Department of the Environment are taking a zero tolerance approach to dog mess and to raise awareness of both the anti-social nature of failing to clear up after dogs and the health risks it poses.

During the week, daily patrols were carried out at both sites at various times of the day. While no-one was observed to fail in removing their dog’s mess, the reaction received from the public has been of complete support, with people being reassured that the intention is to deal with the problem.
The Constable of St Brelade and Assistant Minister for the Environment, Steve Pallett said “My Honorary Officers carried out regular patrols with the twin aim of catching anyone clearly flouting the law, and to send a clear message to the small minority of anti-social dog owners that failing to clear up after your dog is no longer acceptable. It’s a health risk for children and makes some parts of the countryside a no-go zone “

The St Brelade Chef de Police, Centenier Michel Bougeard added “I was delighted to have such fantastic commitment from my officers for the week and was pleased to be working with colleagues from the St Ouen Honorary service, States police officers and the Department of the Environment. We’ll be continuing to target hot spots on an occasional basis and we will be prosecuting people who we catch breaking the law.”

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