A council is "fighting back" with a new campaign to combat dog poo in the coming months as part of a national campaign on the issue.

Hertsmere Borough council said there is a minority of people that "can’t be bothered" to pick up their dog’s poo and it is "spoiling" the area.

Hertsmere are trying tackle the issue with a mixture of enforcement and education, as well as clearing up dog poo on a daily basis from main shopping areas and most parks. 

Councillor Jean Heywood, environment portfolio holder, has two dogs and said: "It’s a real shame that a few dog walkers are spoiling our streets and award-winning parks by not picking up after their pet.  It’s really not that difficult and there are plenty of bins around." 

The council said another issue is dog owners allowing their animals in exclusion zones such as play areas, sports pitches and tennis courts.

Councillor Heywood added: "With the weather getting better we want all our residents to enjoy getting out and about and using our parks.  As a nation of animal-lovers it’s lovely to see dogs enjoying the open space so if you are in charge of one please be responsible."

You can be fined up to £75 for not picking up after your dog and allowing a dog to enter an exclusion zone. 

Dog poo can be reported on 020 8207 7480 or online at www.hertsmere.gov.uk/reportit