Uniformed dog wardens are returning to crack down on foul play.

Arun District Council has launched patrols of officers to issuing spot fines to any dog walkers who let their dogs foul parks, open spaces and the promenade.

Wardens can issue fines of £80 to anyone not cleaning up after their dog, which breaches Arun’s Dog Control Order.

Terence Chapman, Arun District Council’s cabinet member for Environmental Services, said: “The presence of uniformed patrols will send a clear message to irresponsible owners – look after your dog and keep it under control in public places, or face a fine.

“This also applies to anyone dropping litter in public places.”

The council is currently talking to three parishes interested in investing money in the project.

In return for putting money into it, they would be entitled to having dog warden patrols in their areas.

The uniformed dog wardens were trialled in 2013 in response to public complaints about dog mess and litter in the district.

Councillor Chapman said: “After the success of last year’s pilot project, we are responding to wishes of many Arun residents who want to see it in operation again this summer.”

Park users who spot others littering or letting their dogs foul without cleaning up can email parks@arun.gov.uk.

They can also telephone 01903 737951.