BARNSLEY is a hotspot for dog fouling - with more fines issued in the town than anywhere else.

A spokesperson for the Kingdom Security private enforcement agency told councillors last week that when it comes to issuing fines for dog fouling, Barnsley ranks at number one across 30 councils the firm covers. 

Last year, more than 450 dog-fouling fines were issued in Barnsley - an increase of more than 263 from the 187 fines in 2014.

Those figures saw Barnsley placed top in the UK out of 348 councils for dog-fouling enforcement. 

The council pays out more than £1.2m a year to clean up litter and dog mess, which prompted area councils to partner with Kingdom Security to help tackle the problem.