Vigilantes use luminous spray to highlight Norreys dog poo problemBy Jon Nurse
February 07, 2013
Luminous spray has been splurged on dog poo littering the streets by vigilantes taking a stand against unruly pet owners.
Fed-up campaigners are urging the council to take action against dog owners who are failing to clear up their animals’ mess in Norreys.
Vigilantes have taken it a step further and highlighted poo along Barrett Crescent with luminous yellow spray paint that glows in the dark.
The protesters launched a ‘Take action on dog fouling’ group on Facebook to draw attention to the poo problem and spur the council into action.
Louise McGow, 47, of Barrett Crescent, contacted The Wokingham Times after spotting the luminous poop in her road and agrees the issue has been causing a stink.
She said: “Sometimes you can’t get along the pavement without walking in it. We have blind people living on this street.
“It’s got a lot of conversation going and it’s made people aware of the problem. It shows people are not willing to put up with it.
Protesters, who asked not to be named, say they were inspired to set up the group when they saw The Wokingham Times’ report highlighting Finchampstead Neighbourhood Action Group’s complaints against dog fouling around the village.
In a post, the group says: “Help us make Wokingham borough sit up and take note that we have had enough.
“It’s illegal, it’s unsightly and most importantly it is a health hazard.”
Miss McGow added she had noticed the number of incidents drop since the spray painting started.
She added: “I think it’s made dog walkers feel suspicious as they are starting to wonder if they are being watched.”
A Wokingham Borough Council spokeswoman said: “Any reports of dog fouling are passed to our animal warden who looks into the matter.
“We have not received any complaints regarding dog fouling in the Norreys area, except for one incident in Barrett Crescent, and we are not aware of any other issues.
“It is every owner’s moral duty and legal responsibility to clean up after their dog.”
Fixed penalty fines of £50 can be issued by council housing officers, community wardens and animal wardens.
In some circumstances offenders can even be taken to court and receive a maximum fine of £1,000 and a criminal record.