Football club to get warning signs to stop dog mess
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
Prominent warning signs are set to be installed at a football club in Oxfordshire to stop people walking their dogs on the pitch and causing dog mess.
Members of St Edmund's Football Club, in Abingdon, are spending an hour before matches picking up the muck, often filling two carrier bags full, the Oxford Mail reports.
Last week, a game had to be stopped when dog mess was discovered on the pitch.
There are signs in place asking people to keep their dogs off the pitch, but it is felt they are not displayed prominently enough.
"Over the last year it has been getting worse and worse," club chairman Roger Bucknell told the newspaper.
"We are spending about an hour before each game to try to it clear it up. And we are doing it with shovels now. We get opposition clubs turn up and the first thing they are doing is moaning because there is mess all over the pitch."
Abingdon Town Council will put up easier-to-see warning signs and may apply to the district council to prosecute future offenders.
Recently, warning signs were credited with combating anti-social behaviour at allotments in the Wear Valley.
The Wear Valley Mercury reported that the signage would cover 96 plots in the region following a successful trial at two sites.
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