Farmers’ footpaths concerns prompt police reminder to walkers

Police are reminding walkers to be respectful when using footpaths across farmland. A warning aims to stop discarded balls and dog poo bags from seriously injuring livestock.

An alert was issued following reports that incidents are causing problems for local farmers.

The reminder applies to footpaths routed through fields.

Walkers are being urged to stick to footpaths and clean up after their dogs.

A police spokesperson also warned: “Be mindful of lost tennis balls that can end up in the stomach of cattle or farm machinery – that can cause the death of the animal or financial implications to farmer of damaged farm machinery (also dog poo bags thrown in hedge that cows could eat).”

Pet owners are further reminded that ‘dogs must be on a lead at all times when livestock is present’.

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