A GROWING problem with dog fouling outside a Kidderminster primary school has prompted students to take action.

After residents of Spennells Estate raised concerns about a growing number of irresponsible dog owners not cleaning up after their pets, Heronswood Primary School enlisted the help of its pupils to help solve the problem.

Councillor Helen Dyke, who represents Aggborough and Spennells on Wyre Forest District Council, said: "I received many complaints from local people who were fed up with the amount of fouling left around Spennells, especially around and in front of the school.”

Heronswood held a competition, tasking students with designing eye-catching and educational posters to encourage more people in the local community to take responsibility for their dog's mess.

PSHE lead Mrs Mikolajczyk said: "The children learnt all about the dangers of not cleaning up after the dogs and they knew firsthand what a nuisance it could be.

"With this knowledge, pupils designed some wonderful, eye-catching posters to highlight this problem."

The posters were judged and winning entries have now been made into metal signs, which have been put up around the dog mess hotspots, including the nature reserve and bridle paths.

Dog owners in Wyre Forest who are caught not picking up after their pets could be fined up to £1,000.

Incidents of dog fouling can be reported online to the district council at wyreforestdc.gov.uk.