Dozens of dog walkers have been spoken to and thousands of poo bags handed out in a bid to tackle the problem of dog fouling.

In response to complaints from residents about dog muck the authority re-launched its ‘Don’t be a dirty dog’ campaign with a high visibility crackdown in problem areas.

In September, officers have been focusing on Chorley East including Rangletts Recreation Ground, Duke Street, Mayfield Road, Stump Lane and the canal towpath.

The action taken includes handing out more than 2,000 poo bags to dog owners, peaking to more than 100 dog walkers and educating them about their responsibility and more than 95 hours of patrols to spot people cleaning up after their pet.

Councillor Terry Brown, who leads on tackling dog fouling at Chorley Council, said dog fouling was one of the things residents always complain about.

He said: “Our ‘Don’t be a dirty dog’ campaign is very much about educating people of the need to bag and bin their dog mess rather than just leave it on a pavement or grass verge, which makes the place look a mess.”

The authority will be targeting areas across the borough with Coppull being the next targeted area before moving on to other parts of the borough.

Officers will also serve fixed penalty notices for those failing to remove their dog mess, with two fixed penalty notices served on the canal tow path last week.

They were the only two fixed penalty notices issued throughout September.