EARLY morning and late night dog-walkers are being blamed for the amount of dog mess littering the streets of Sleaford.
In the latest reports from the Sleaford dog law enforcement officer, Jayne Loveday, it is believed that recent bad weather could also be to blame.
In her report to the Town Council's services committee, Jayne said of the Mareham Pastures area: "The tarmac path from London Road to the pastures by the cricket club is disappointing and I am always finding faeces here.
"I have spoken to numerous people and no one knows who the offenders could be but they all agree it is late evening and early morning walkers that offend."
On their rounds the officer will clear up dog mess on the streets; speak to dog walkers about being fined £50 if they are seen offending; and put up notices warning possible offenders that a warden patrols that particular area.
Of the Castlefield area Jayne said: "The weather has not been good this month and I do not think that it has encouraged walkers to clear up as I have found several more faeces here than usual."
The notices that are put up by the warden appear to have been taken down in some areas meaning more copies of the notices are having to be printed and replaced in these areas.
With regard to the overall situation in the town Jane said: "The main areas for monitoring are Cogglesford Mill and Mareham Pastures entrances.
"The weather has been very wet this month and I have tried to clear as many faeces as I can to help encourage and educate others to do the same no matter what the weather.
"Most walkers I meet feel that it is the after dark walkers that offend as they do not think that anyone is around to see them not clearing up."