Council wardens have increased patrols in a County Durham area after a rise in dog poo on the path.

Durham County Council neighbourhood wardens have stepped up patrols in the South Pelaw area of Chester-le-Street.

The move is in an effort to target problematic areas that have seen a rise in dog fouling incidents.

Wardens reminded people that anyone who fails to pick up after their dogs will be issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice.

As well as extra patrols, neighbourhood wardens erected some new signage to remind everyone to pick up after their dogs.

A spokesperson for the council said: “You can report incidents of dog fouling to us by visiting or by calling 03000 260000

Don't be caught out, be a responsible dog owner and pick up after your dog, its the law!