Frustration over dog muck has resulted in a humourous sign being placed at the entrance of a West Cumbrian village.

Villagers in Seaton have been complaining about irresponsible dog owners leaving their pooches' mess on pavements and public spaces for years.

Now a mysterious resident has placed a sign at the entrance of the village under the official sign 'Welcome to Seaton' which reads: 'Birthplace of people who won't pick up dog muck'.

But despite recognising the tongue-in-cheek nature of the gesture by the anonymous sign-maker, MP Mark Jenkinson, who lives in the village, said: "Obviously I don't want to see things like that at the entrance to my village.

"However we have to recognise that it's born out of frustration, we have got a real problem with dog fouling and I was constantly talking to officers about it when I was a councillor.

"It's an issue I continue to raise and dark nights make it a bigger issue because people think they can get away with it.

"Allerdale council are getting better all the time at cracking down on it an my message would be: 'If that's you, you'll get caught eventually'."

Danny Horsley owns three Springer Spaniels and he is also a councillor representing Seaton on the parish and district council.

He said: "Dog fouling is a big problem everywhere you go, not just Seaton.

"It's silly because I buy 100 poo bags for £1, it's not that hard to pick up after your dog.

"When I'm out I don't really see people not picking up, but if I did I would challenge them.

"I think it's more of on issue in places like the village hall and the rugby club because there aren't any houses around there and there aren't people there all the time.

"Residents are frustrated and rightly so."

Anyone who sees dog mess around Allerdale in being encouraged to report it to the district council.Visit: