Jersey park wardens to police for dog-fouling

Dog and owner on the beach
Image caption People caught leaving dog mess behind could be prosecuted

Park wardens and government workers are being given powers to police dog-fouling in Jersey.

Transport and Technical Services staff (TTS) and park wardens will check dog owners are clearing up after their pets in the island's parks and beaches.

No-one has been prosecuted under the scheme so far.

TTS Minister, Deputy Kevin Lewis, said it was very difficult to monitor the problem, but extending powers was the best hope.

The wardens have been given legal authority to approach and take the details of people in parks who do not clear up after their dogs.

Tony Andrews, Director of St Helier Parks and Gardens, said this could then lead to owners being prosecuted.

He said: "If there is a genuine mistake and the owner wasn't sure the dog had done that then it will be words of advice.

"The wardens have the power to take that person to a parish hall inquiry and if they are not happy they can go to court. The regulations are strong, they are there, it is just a case of getting it policed."

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