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15:34 10 December 2012

Parents warned over vigilante attack

Parents warned over vigilante attack


POLICE have warned angry parents against vigilante action after they threatened to post dog excrement through a negligent pet owner’s letterbox.

A group of mothers with children at Kyson Primary School, Woodbridge, have become so incensed by the amount of dog mess on the pavement outside the school gates they decided to take action.

Posters were put on lampposts on the roads neighbouring the playground asking for help in tracing the culprit and his pooch. Each leaflet was accompanied by a plastic bag to encourage the owner to clean up.

The posters said: “Ignorant dog owner. You might not be able to read this as you are obviously of very low intellect. Clean up after your dog. Don’t let it foul the pavement for all the young children and mums to step in.

“You know who you are.

“Perish the thought you might find it posted back through your letter box. We will find out who you are ... ”

Homeowner Margaret Brown, who lives close to the school, said she thought the message was an important one.

“There is nothing worse than stepping in dog muck and this area is always busy with kids going to and from school,” she said.”

“They step in it and then carry it into the classrooms and the assembly hall.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary said it was important people reported the anti-social behaviour but warned against vigilante action.

“Incidents should be reported to ourselves or to the council who can issue the offender with a fine,” she said.

“We need people to gather information so we can act on it rather than taking matters into their own hands.”

A spokesman for Suffolk Coastal District Council said the authority had already received complaints about the dog mess.

“We are currently investigating it with a view to finding who is responsible,” he added.

The offender could be issued with a fixed penalty fine of £80 for allowing their dog to foul the area without clearing up, he said.

If the problem persisted the owner could be taken to court and fined up to £1,000.


  • As a responsible dog owner whose every coat or jacket has at least two of the thin black plastic bags for the collection of what a dog does naturally, I feel very agrieved at the stance of these so called vigilantes, surely if there were more dog poo bins dotted around town then more of the responsible dog owners would use them and not just leave the mess on the streets! I have even seen many of our neighbourhood tree's and hedgegrows adorned with black bags. If the SCDC got their act together and did what many people have suggested and installed more bins per neighbourhood then we may be in a position of sorting this problem out. I for one have many times carried the 'little black bag' home and dumped in the grey bin... why don't other dogs owners do the same ?????

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    Stuff the budgies

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • I can certainly sympathise with them; we have a similar problem here in Levington Road with someone who keeps emptying his or her dog on our pavement. And it's hard to have any confidence that reporting the matter will result in anything unless we've managed to identify the culprit first (or even if we do). But tempting as it is I'd caution against the kind of direct action they're considering - could be very unpleasant if they hit the wrong person's house.

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    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Whilst I certainly don't condone allowing a dog to foul a public area, particularly outside a school, this type of vigilante behaviour can quickly escalate out of control. It is not just dogs that cause a nuscience - Cats are just as ill behaved but for some reason everyone is supposed to just put up with that. Going through the proper channels to seek redress should be preferable to mob intimidation surely?

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    Suffolk Boy

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I can understand how all the parents feel. But please do not put it in the persons letter box. just in case it is the wrong persons., Just call the council and they will come and clean it up. Also everybody keep a look out for the person doing it and confront them.

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    biggles the pilot

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Before posting poo through a letter box you might want to consider that innocent children might also live behind that door. To sink to such a low and disgusting level is inexcusable. Parents are supposed to set an example to their children. I would not want my child to think it's OK to post excrement through letterboxes, any more than its OK to let a dog poo on the pavement. Shame on these parents for not showing higher standards than the dog in question.

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    Owen Southwood

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Perhaps the EADT and Ipswich Star could launch a campaign as they do the drink drivers, naming and shaming those that don't clear up after their dogs.

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    hayley and lee

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Doesn't send a good message to the children does it? Posting it through letter boxes is almost as dirty as the dogs fouling in the first place!

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    esme Stephenson

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Posting it through a letter box is perhaps a step too far. But I see nothing wrong in leaving it on their doorstep in a clear plastic bag.

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    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • A while ago I watched a young woman let her dog mess outside my house, I waited until she came back and went out to ask her to clear it up. She initially denied it so I informed her what I'd seen and said it was her decision to do the right thing, but meanwhile I would phone the police. There was no further discussion she apologised got a bag out of her pocket and removed it. politely confronting irresponsible owners can be successful.

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    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I think people who don't clear up after their dog would simply throw the plastic bag and it's contents out onto the street.

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    Terry Ramplin

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • hopefully this publicity will start a roll of fines for anybody who dog fouls. ive not once read of anybody being fined ,have you?

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    barry chark

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Dump it on the doorstep WITHOUT the plastic let them step in it see how they like it.!! As for the proper channels we have seen how they don't work which is why people take the law into their own hands.

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    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I am sure none of these 'vigilantes' have ever changed a babies nappy and left that where it fell for all to see! Yes this can be just as dangerous if the baby has recently had a 'live' vaccine such as polio.

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    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • This is a really bug bear with me I have commented on streetlife about the mess that these ignorant people leave on the millennium football pitch, I have even reported a case with the house number but I dont think anything was done about it , so much for notices threatening £1000.00 fines. I feel so bad about the youngesters that play on a Saturday I go over the field on a Friday clearing it up.

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    janet essex

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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