Leiston name and shame Facebook group seeks to end dog fouling

Tue, 04 Aug 2015

Dog mess is one of the nastier aspects of being a dog owner. Unfortunately, our dogs have to do their business, and it is up to us as their owner to clean up after them. However, an irate group from Leiston, Suffolk, are waging a war on irresponsible owners who don't clear up after their dog.

Andrew Hawes is just one of the people fed up of others not clearing up their dog's mess, and clad in camouflage and armed with a camera, he has taken up the mission to rid Leiston of dog mess and "bring a bit more pride back to Leiston."

Mr Hawes has been threatening to name and shame the people messing up his local area by taking photos of them in the midst of their crimes.

With a Facebook page with over 500 members to utilise, Hawes confronts people he catches not cleaning up after their dog and threatens to share the photos on the social medium, and to the police.

He has also taken to spraying warnings with a water based spray paint for people to clean up after their dogs.

Not clearing up after your dog in a public place is against the law and can incur very large fines.

Mr Hawes was reported to say: "If they don't clear up after their dog I'll pop out of the hedge and say 'excuse me, could you please clean up after your dog. You're being filmed, if you clean up the film will be deleted straight away - if not you'll be posted on my Facebook page for people to identify and then you'll be reported to the police."

He added, "As long as the person isn't about 7ft tall."

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