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Nobody likes dog poo and I must say that in my recent walks about Tarvin I have not been particularly troubled by this anti-social mess. So I was particularly distressed to meet a very large pile of the offending material on the path by the Scout Hut. The eagle-eyed among you will be able to see just how close to the waste bin the pile was.

I am not a dog owner so I do not walk with poo bags in my pocket. I did think that I might flick it onto the grass but concluded that moving the offensive material just six inches was hardly a solution. I continued down the path quietly fuming. It is possible that the poo was deposited by a dog out on its own, or by a very short-sighted owner, in the dark, or maybe one who had just forgotten to bring a bag ........... Maybe!

I am delighted to report that a knight in shining armour appeared. From the bottom of the Playing Field came a gentleman with a small white terrier. I explained the situation — Did he have a spare poo bag? Would he consider using one to remove someone else's mess and walking the six steps to put it in the bin? And the very nice gentleman said "yes" to both questions.

I suppose this tale shows quite simply that there are considerate and inconsiderate people in Tarvin as there must be in all communities. Perhaps in time, dog poo will be tested for DNA and the offending owner traced from the registered micro-chip, as a pilot scheme has recently attempted. (It was in the Borough of Barking, obviously!) Until then, our streets are kept clean by conscientious dog walkers and the occasional good Samaritan.

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