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Bike team nab their first eco criminal (Eco news)

Bike team nab their first eco criminal
News Wales reported

The new Bike Enforcement team have been out and about across Rhondda Cynon Taf and have nabbed their first eco-criminal.

As part of a unique scheme Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Enforcement Officers have been getting on their bikes to crackdown on eco-criminals.

Last week the team caught one unlucky dog walker in the act as they allowed their dog to foul on the Church Village cycle and walking path, which runs alongside the new bypass. The eco-criminal then failed to pick up after the pet and walked away from the disgusting mess.

The new Bike Enforcement scheme was launched in a bid to tackle crimes just like this and now enables the team to reach back lanes, parks, cemeteries, foot paths, cycle paths and other hard to access litter hot spots.

The team are fully equipped to catch eco-criminals red handed as this unlucky dog walker has now found out. The eco-criminal was issued with a £75 fine on the spot, which could have been avoided by using the free dog fouling bags which are available from all libraries and One4All Centres throughout the County Borough and placing the bag in to the many dog fouling bins that run along this and the majority of routes.

Dog waste is not only unsightly and messy, it can have serious health implications for children and adults alike who often use this route, including toxocariasis.

Toxocariasis is an infection of the roundworm toxocara canis. The parasites eggs can be found in soil or sand contaminated with faeces and if swallowed, result in infection that lasts between six and 24 months or sometimes a lifetime. Symptoms include eye disorders, blindness, vague ache, dizziness, nausea, asthma and epileptic fits.

Failure to clean up after your dog could result in a hefty fine of at least £75, a criminal record or even worse you could endanger the life of others.

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