Fed-up youngsters have designed their own posters in a bid to tackle irresponsible dog owners.
Children on Beaconsfield Street and Gladstone Street in Great Harwood were challenged by local Neighbourhood Watch representative Jeff Bridges to make the posters.
Around a dozen have now been placed around the area on walls, trees and lampposts.
One of them said ‘Pick up your dog poo so we can play’ while another said ‘Every year two kids in England die because of dog dirt. Pick it up’.
Jeff, of Beaconsfield Street, said dog fouling has been a ‘long-standing problem’ He said: “I canvassed the council last year and they gave us an extra dog bin at the top of our back alley but more often than not people don’t use it.
“There’s a big area of grass there where children play and they come back home absolutely covered in dog poo.
“I spoke to the parents and asked their kids what they would put on posters and they all came back with different things.
“I got the idea after seeing a girl from Liverpool on television who had done the same and spoke to neighbours who thought it was a great idea.”
Fellow Beaconsfield Street resident Paul Wilkinson, 49, said it was a ‘brilliant idea. The Hyndburn Borough Council street cleansing operative said:
“The council have put a in lot more new bins and I do a good job and do my best but it’s the public that needs training, especially around here.
“Our kids go out and they all come back with their clothes covered in poo. It’s very unhygienic.”