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Frustrated parents 'disgusted' at dog owners leaving poo outside school

Parents have spoken out after irresponsible dog owners are leaving dog mess outside their children's school.

Parents of children who go to Waingroves Primary School, in Ripley, are getting frustrated that dog owners keep leaving mess outside the school.

One morning, parents and teachers reported that dog excrement had been sprayed up the school gates, reports DerbyshireLive.

According to the school's teachers, dog fouling takes place outside the school gates on a daily basis.

The problem is so bad that last week, a toddler got dog mess in his hair and another got some inside her coat.

Local mum Louise Harbon, 37, said: "It's disgusting, I normally walk down in front of the kids telling them to mind the poo.

"It's like running the gauntlet, the poo was right outside the school gates.

Amanda Beck (left) and Louise Harbon (right) say they are disgusted at the daily battle with dog poo outside their children's school (Derby Telegraph)

"It's like a battle. Something needs to be done to stop it."

Mum Amanda Beck said: "People need to be more responsible, this is a school."

Another parent, who didn't want to be named, described the morning she found dog poo up the school gates.

The concerned mum, in her thirties, said: "It was sprayed all over the gate, where kids were walking and playing.

"It's truly horrifying, kids are climbing up the gate waiting to get into school, playing, and there's dog poo there."

John Grace, a pastor at a local church, is another victim of the dog poo problem.

Mr Grace and his wife, Jennifer, regularly find excrement next to the gate to their back garden.

Behind the gate is another alleyway which leads to the main school entrance, a site where dog fouling regularly occurs.

He said: "Somebody seems to go round early in the morning, there's a path going down to and back from the school.

"Sometimes they let their dogs go on the side of the path, some have thrown the bags in the trees.

"If they found out who it was, perhaps it would help, but most dog owners are pretty good.

"Dog fouling is a problem everywhere, but when it's close to a school it's particularly bad."

Amber Valley Borough Council says their community support wardens have been on site and continue to patrol the area.

Anyone with information that may help identify individual offenders is encouraged to contact the council through its published details.

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