Penalties for those caught littering or with out-of-control dogs are set to increase from next month.

South Ribble council will be increasing some of its fixed penalty notice charges from April 1.

Fines relating to litter will increase from £50 to £80, and anyone caught breaching dog control orders or allowing dogs to foul will face an £80 fine, up from £75.

The council has the power to set the level of some fines and last reviewed these charges in 2009, when new rules on dogs were put in place.

At the start of this year changes were brought in to extend the rules on dogs and as a result, a review of charges for environmental offences took place.

South Ribble Borough Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and street scene, Councillor Peter Mullineux, said: “We take a tough stance on environmental crime in South Ribble and last year alone we issued more than 280 fixed penalty notices for everything from dog fouling to fly tipping and graffiti.

“It is important that our residents are aware of the changes and the charges they may face if they break the rules.

“We will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to environmental crimes.”