Dog fouling in a village where eight dogs were poisoned earlier this year has declined since a pressure group was set up to campaign for a clean-up.

Glusburn and Cross Hills Dog Fouling Action Group introduced patrols, handed out dog-poo bags, put up signs and were featured in the media.

Dog owner and brainchild of the group, Jill Hirst, said: “Since the introduction of these measures, there has been a marked improvement in the dog fouling situation.

“The group is focused and encouraged by this improvement to continue its work in making the villages cleaner, safer and a nicer place to live. A longer term view is that the group will expand further into other Craven villages.”

Craven District Council and its dog warden, Glusburn Parish Council, North Yorkshire Police, Ashlands Veterinary Group, Glusburn Institute dog obedience classes, PetPaws Pet Supplies and Springfield Doggy Daycare had been big supporters, she added.

The group meets at the OAP rest centre on Cross Hills Main Street on a monthly basis. The next meeting is on Tuesday, January 31, from 7.30pm. It is an open meeting and a chance for new members to join. For further details, log-on to the Glusburn and Cross Hills Dog Fouling Action Group Facebook site.