The Police have been asked to clarify the following points-
1. The law only covers public areas and footpaths across farm land.
2. The fine of £1,000 is a maximum fine that can be imposed and this is only awarded at court if the dog owner refuses to pay the set fine given by the local authority. This set fine differs from council to council area. I wrongly stated the fine was a maximum of £1,500.
3. The intention was not to single out dog walkers but to raise awareness that if a dog has not been wormed then the dog faeces if ingested by sheep can lead to severe illness and still born lambs costing farmer hundreds of pounds in loss of their stock.
Thank you for all your feedback we have received from the post. We encourage a two way conversation about any of our posts so we can find out what sort of information you would like to receive from your local policing teams.
PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
Cotswolds North Local policing team