A resident who encountered a Staffordshire bull terrier dog off a lead on a school playground, secured the dog to a tree in a move that later led to a prosecution.

The dog was found off a lead in Leyland last year but a resourceful resident was able to secure it to a tree and report it to the council.

The dog owner, Laura Stringfellow, of Holmes Meadow, Moss Side, was fined £75 and ordered to pay £75 costs along with a £20 victim surcharge.

She did not attend court and the case was proven in her absence.

Miss Stringfellow’s dog was found off a lead in Paradise Lane on June 18 last year.

The dog had made its way on to a nearby school playground and followed a parent home.

The parent tied the dog to a tree and reported it to South Ribble Borough Council.

Cabinet member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and street scene councillor Peter Mullineaux said: “It’s thanks to our responsible residents, like the one in this case, that we are able to punish those who continue to flout the law.

“We enjoy an excellent relationship with dog owners in the borough, the vast majority of whom are responsible and co-operative, but we maintain our zero-tolerance approach for the few that do break the rules.”