Torridge District Council and police in Torridge have teamed up to tackle dog mess in Torridge.

Torridge District Council have teamed up with PCSOs in Bideford to help tackle problems with dog mess.

With dog fouling still a 'significant problem', PCSOs will now be able to issue fixed penalty notices of up to £75 to offenders.

Councillor Alan Whittle, Torridge's lead member for the environment, said: "With Torridge District Council and Devon and Cornwall Police working closer together this will increase the number of enforcement officers who can prevent, detect and enforce current national and local legislation.

"It is a great example of multi-agency working as part of the TDC's transformation programme."

Inspector Andy Brock, police sector inspector for Torridge, said: "This commitment across our agencies to tackle the issue of dog-fouling is evidence of the co-operation which exists in the delivery of public service for the people of Torridge.

"A larger number of 'eyes on the ground' able to deal with this thoughtless behaviour will assist in the reduction of the problem and is only one of the many examples of where TDC and police staff are working together."