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Dog mess fines vary by council

Some north-east of England councils rarely use powers to fine dog owners who do not pick up the mess made by their pets.

The peril of the pavement - dog mess - means you often have to watch your step.

Those owners who do not pick up after their animals can be fined but just how often are these powers actually used by councils?

BBC Newcastle's political reporter Fergus Hewison reports.