POLICE Community Support Officers did not issue a single on-the-spot fine for dog fouling in the last financial year, Wrexham Council figures have revealed.
The zero figure for April 2012-March 2013 comes despite dog fouling being labelled a priority for North Wales Police in the communities of Wrexham.
Council wardens handed out 46 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) in the same period.
Figures leaked to the Leader show that the zero total represents a significant reduction from 2009-10 when 98 FPNs for £75 were issued to dog owners by PCSOs.
At a meeting of Rhos Community Council PCSO Andy Harris told councillors he and his colleagues had been unable to issue the tickets for the past three months. He said that was because they had been told the tickets were “out of date” and had the wrong address printed on them.
“The addresses on the tickets are wrong and we are waiting for them to be re-printed,” he said.
”We are unable to issue tickets for dog fouling for the foreseeable future.”
However, Wrexham Council said that at no point had they told PCSOs and council wardens they could not issue the tickets.
A spokesman for the local authority said: “The FPNs are not out of date. The only issue is that the processing address is noted on the tickets as Crown Buildings Council Offices but the processing team is now based at Abbey Road Council Offices.
“PCSOs are still able to use the FPNs as they stand they can just change the postal address.”
A police spokesman said: “We can issue fixed penalty tickets for dog fouling, however we have a very small number of tickets remaining and are awaiting a new batch from the local authority.”
The council added that no FPNs have ever gone astray and any that are posted to the old address are forwarded on to the new processing address.
At a meeting of Rhos community council in September, councillors and PCSOs had decided that dog fouling was one of three top priorities for police in the area.
However, the news that there were no tickets issued by PCSOs in the 12 months to April raised major concerns amongst members.
Cllr David Bithell said: “How can they tell us that dog fouling is being clamped down on and then show figures which state that not one person has been prosecuted in the past year by PCSOs?”