DOG owners are being urged to pick up after their pets following an increase in excrement since the coronavirus lockdown.

Cheshire West and Chester Council says it wants to keep its outdoor spaces safe for everyone, adding that dog mess can be dangerous – particularly for children.

Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, said: "The Council has chosen to keep our parks and open spaces open during lockdown so residents and their pets can enjoy their daily exercise outdoors, as per Government guidelines.

"Please can we ask all dog owners to be responsible and pick up after their pet. Dog mess can be dangerous, particularly for young children, and we want to keep our outdoor areas safe for everyone during this challenging time."