Operation to clampdown on dog mess

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Dog owners are being asked to ‘paws’ for thought during the latest clean-up campaign.

Operation Hotspot – involving North Tyneside Council, Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service – is visiting Percy Main over the next two weeks.

We work closely with our partners to tackle issues including anti-social behaviour in the Percy Main area

North Shields Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey

The initiative aims to reduce littering, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour, as well as promote home fire safety, with a focus on responsible dog ownership.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, said: “By working together with our partners on the initiative, Operation Hotspot always achieves excellent results.

“In response to complaints from the public, we’ll also be concentrating our efforts on cracking down on irresponsible dog owners.”

This week council wardens are visiting schools in the area to talk about not dropping litter while extra patrols will take place next week.

A community litter pick will take place on Tuesday, July 14, at St John’s Church, St John’s Terrace, Percy Main, from 10am to 3pm.

Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter will be providing dog micro-chipping, free of charge, although donations to the charity are welcome.

North Shields Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey said: “We work closely with our partners to tackle issues including anti-social behaviour in the Percy Main area.

“We take these types of incidents very seriously as we know it causes concern to our communities and affects the quality of life for residents.

“We would encourage local people to come and speak to officers during this initiative about any concerns they may have.

“Anyone with information about anti-social behaviour or crime and disorder issues are asked to contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.”

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will also be on hand during the second week, offering residents in the area free home fire safety checks.

District Manager Graeme Hurst said: “I would like to encourage as many local people as possible to take part in this great initiative. Preventing fires from happening in the first place is a key priority for our service, as is helping to keep people safe from fire.

“We are delighted to be offering free home safety checks and would encourage all local residents to take up the offer.

“Our firefighters will check that your smoke alarms are working and are sited in the right place, as well as ensuring that you have a fire escape plan in place should a fire break out in your home.

“They will also cover the importance of a night time routine, such as closing doors, unplugging electrical equipment and safe disposal of cigarettes. There is no doubt this can help protect you and your family from fire.”