Hertsmere Borough Council has warned dog fouling is on the rise locally and has revealed the biggest problem hotspots. 

The local authority took to Twitter to urge people to "bag it and bin it", before listing the areas where the most incidents took place during the last two years.

Since April 2019, Potters Bar and Borehamwood have each had 23 incidents, closely followed by Bushey (19).

Radlett and Elstree both had eight, Shenley had three and Aldenham had one.

A Hertsmere Borough Council spokesperson said: “Dog mess is an emotive issue that can affect everyone and it’s a problem that all councils face on their pavements and in their parks.  

"We know the majority of dog owners are responsible and wouldn’t dream of leaving it on the ground, so it’s a real shame that a few dog walkers are spoiling our streets and award-winning parks by not picking up after their pet."

They added that any litter bin will do and urged owners to take responsibility for their dogs and take pride in Hertsmere by picking up after their pet.

Between April 2020 to today there have been 45 requests for service for dog fouling, compared to 40 between April 2019 to March 2020.    

A request for service means that a complainant has called the council to report dog fouling or mess on the pavement. 

Since April 2019 there has not been any Fixed Penalty Notices issued for dog fouling, as the council would need evidence of people not clearing up after their dog to issue one.