Burrows signs warning to dog owners

Joseph Bulmer

EYE-catching new warning signs are going up on Northam Burrows to remind people to keep their dogs under control.

The sheep-shaped signs highlight that nine sheep have been killed and 17 injured by dogs on the Burrows this year.

They have been created in a joint initiative between Torridge District Council, the police and local youth group Seize the Moment.

Torridge’s lead member for Northam Burrows, Councillor Andrew Eastman, financed the project through his councillors’ grant allowance.

He said: “Irresponsible dog owners have been letting their dogs run loose on the Burrows and some have attacked, injured or even killed sheep grazing there. We want to let people know, in no uncertain terms, that sheep worrying is a crime and offenders will be prosecuted. The Burrows are here for everyone to enjoy and I hope that these new signs will make dog owners realise how important it is to keep their dogs under control.”

Westward Ho! based youth group Seize the Moment were keen to get involved and provided the art work expertise and together with the police and the council installed the first of the six signs at the Westward Ho! entrance to the Burrows.

The young people involved in designing the signs were Sam Ford 16, Steven Matthews 17, Dylan Cahill 13, Ben White 16, Joe White 15 and Tom Coleman 16.