Dog owners urged to rein in their pets

Gaymers Meadow, Attleborough. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Gaymers Meadow, Attleborough. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Dog walkers have been warned to clean up their pets' mess and follow the rules at parks around Attleborough.

It comes after reports grounds staff at the Thieves Lane recreation ground have been threatened by dog walkers and complaints about dog mess around the town.

Attleborough mayor Jeremy Burton said: 'Our grounds staff have been threatened and abused on this.

'We know this is a contentious issue within the town however we have concerns about safety.

'There are play areas at both of these parks so there are children about, so we do have to be careful with our dogs.'

Dogs have been banned from the recreation ground for the past 15 years.

At Gaymers Meadow, dogs must be kept on a lead on land near the club house but are allowed to run free at the far end.

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However, the council's environment committee heard last week that dogs were roaming on all areas of the meadow and owners were not clearing up their dog mess.

Norfolk's police and crime commissioner, Lorne Green, said that while dog mess was not a police matter, he urged residents to clean up after their pets. He said: 'I would say that we all have a responsibility in the community and not impair the enjoyment of others in any way by irresponsible handling of our pets.'

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