Wrexham council in Wales has introduced a tough new regime on pooing in public.
For the first time in the UK anyone caught doing a number-two in a public place could face a penalty of up to £1,000.
The Mirror reports:
The poo prohibition is part of a wider effort to stamp out anti-social behaviour near Rhosddu Park and Rhossdu Cemetery in Wrexham.
To mark the launch of the crackdown, warning signs asking members of the public to behave themselves have been put up.
But its the ban on pooing that has left eyebrows raised as one hilarious sign depicts a character ‘having a number two’ on the floor.
Other notices for Rhosddu Park and Rhossdu Cemetery in Rhosddu Road, ask visitors not to drink alcohol, take drugs, sleep rough at night, litter, urinate in public, smoke in the children’s play area, let dogs foul or leave dogs out of control.
Residents near the park say bad behaviour, including defecators, have made their lives a misery, The Daily Post reports .
This is the first time Wrexham council has used a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in the county, so police and council officers can move swiftly to clamp-down on any problems.
The order, which will last for three years, means anyone behaving badly can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100 or £75 if paid within seven days.
That can go up to a £1,000 if they fail to pay.
Wrexham council’s lead member for communities and partnerships, Cllr Hugh Jones, said: “Following concerns raised by the local member Cllr Steve Wilson, investigations into the anti-social behaviour in this area were undertaken and the Joint Safe Communities Unit agreed that there was sufficient evidence to meet the criteria for the introduction of a PSPO in this area.
“I believe it will make a difference to those who use the area who should now not witness the types of behaviour that were previously evident in the area.”
Cllr Wilson, said: “I am very pleased that we have reached this stage and that the council and police have been able to respond to the concerns about the behaviour in these areas.
“I am sure residents in particular will now have the confidence to once more enjoy this play area and park.”
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