Benwick school children win poster competition

Cllr Peter Murphy with Jake Allen and Sam Robinson and Sally Mitchell, one of FDCs Street Scene team
Cllr Peter Murphy with Jake Allen and Sam Robinson and Sally Mitchell, one of FDCs Street Scene team

Primary school children have designed posters to encourage dog owners to pick up after their pets.

Children at Benwick Primary School are urging people to “Scoop the poop” after winning a Fenland District Council competition to combat dog fouling.

The eye-catching posters will soon be pinned up in the village’s dog mess hotspots.

Twenty-nine Year 5 and 6 pupils took part – but the top prize went to Jake Allen, with Sam Robinson as runner-up.

Both their designs highlighted the £75 fine that can be imposed on anyone spotted failing to pick up their pet’s mess.

Teacher Rebecca Wakefield said: “Jake and Sam are over the moon that their posters are to go on show around the village. They relished the chance to put their art skills into practice to encourage people to pick up their pets’ poop.”

Congratulating the whole class on their efforts, Cllr Peter Murphy, cabinet member responsible for the environment, said: “Dog fouling is one of the regular complaints made by people in all our towns and villages.

“It is a constant battle to educate people to behave responsibly and involving children is one of the best ways of getting that message across.”

The worst affected parts of the village are the area down by the river and along Ramsey Road, according to the parish council.

Jake’s prize is a family swim voucher and 25 per cent off a pool party at one of the council’s leisure centres. Sam won a family swim voucher.