COUNCIL officers have been on patrol as they look to tackle dog fouling issues.

Enforcement action took place in Fletchertown, near Aspatria.

A spokesman for Allerdale Borough Council said: "Our enforcement officers have been on patrol in Fletchertown, in particular looking to tackle issues of dog fouling.

"They've placed down some more signage around the village reminding people of the simple 'clean it up' message."

The authority is also encouraging residents to report any incidents of dog mess, which can be done on Allerdale Council's website.

Residents can report both dog mess for the council to clean up, as well as people who allow their dogs to foul without picking up after them. The council say it will investigate offences if it has enough information to do so.

According to campaign group Keep Britain Tidy, anyone who fails to clear up after their dog can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of up to £100. If it goes to court, it could cost the owner up to £1,000.

The law also states that being unaware a dog has fouled, or not having a suitable bag, is not a reasonable excuse.