DOG owners who allow their pet to foul in public areas could be fined up to £1,000 in a bid to eradicate the long-running issue.

New rules, introduced as part of the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, will see a £100 fine issued initially.

However, those who fail to pay could be fined up to ten times as much if they refuse to pay.

Daventry in Northampton is set to become the first town in the country to adopt the measure, although others are expected to follow suit.

A Barnsley Council spokesperson said: "Currently, fixed penalty notices are issued for offences of allowing a dog to foul. The fine is £50 and recipients are given 14 days to pay.

"The council has a continuous programme of mapping issues of various types, and would use this tool to assist them where necessary."