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Dog owners not playing the game

PUBLISHED: 16:27 04 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:10 02 July 2010

A MOTHER who counted 40 mounds of dog mess along her street has urged people to clean up after their pets. Child minder Wendy Morrow has to guide the youngsters in her care through dozens of piles of dog muck every day. Now she says the problem, in Gorsew

A MOTHER who counted 40 mounds of dog mess along her street has urged people to clean up after their pets.

Child minder Wendy Morrow has to guide the youngsters in her care through dozens of piles of dog muck every day.

Now she says the problem, in Gorseway, Rush Green, has got so bad it is creating a health hazard.

Five years ago the POST ran a story on the problem of dog mess in Gorseway and, for a while at least, it seemed to improve. But recently it has got worse than ever.

Wendy, 48, said: "Sometimes I'm coming home with six kids and I'm constantly telling them to mind the dog mess.

"One of my children stepped in some and skidded in it. It got on his shoe and all up his trousers. It's disgusting and it's a health hazard.

"After the POST did an article it calmed down for a while, but now it's getting worse again."

Last year security gates were installed on alleyways running down the back of houses to cut down on anti-social behaviour and burglary.

"Since the council put the gates up people can't take their dogs down the back. That's no excuse though - it's just laziness.

"I counted today all the way from my house to Dagenham Road. There were 40 lumps of dog mess in 800 yards."

A council spokeswoman said that street wardens will visit Gorseway to put letters through doors and no dog fouling signs on lampposts. The situation will be checked weekly.

"Responsibility lies with the dog owner to clean up the mess if the dog fouls and if the person fails to do so they will receive a £75 fixed penalty notice," she said.

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