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£100 fine from today if you cannot produce a dog poo bag

Today's the day that walking your dog and not being able to produce a poo bag could cost you £100.

Dog poo bags are not expensive and are available from shops. Some people like to use scented nappy bags.

Although Boston Borough Council approved new fines under new Public Spaces Protection Order legislation in October, residents have been given until today to get used to the new regime.

Fines for failing to clean up after a dog, allowing a dog into an enclosed children's play area or refusing to put a dangerous or nuisance dog on a lead are being doubled to £100 from today.

The new powers to control dogs are being introduced under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 which allows councils to create a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

Public consultation showed that 90 per cent were in favour of it being an offence for dog walkers not to carry a bag or the means at all times to clean up after their dog. And 74 per cent agreed the fine should be £100.