Sedgemoor District Council’s Clean Surroundings Team has left a notice on a dog poo bin warning in Burnham of potential prosecution if it is misused.

The notice warns dog owners in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge not to put dog waste from their private gardens in the public bins and warns that doing so may count as ‘fly tipping’.

Local people have been reacting to the notice this week on social media.

Julian Wellings said: “Sedgemoor District Council are happy to fleece me of £2,000 a year in council tax, but seem opposed to home owners disposing of dog waste in a responsible manner?”

Another person asked how the council intends to distinguish between dog waste from a private garden and dog waste from a walk.

Jacky Pelling said: “Are they lurking round a corner waiting to see if your dog has recently had a poo? Are they checking when you put it in the bin?”

Council spokeswoman Claire Faun says the notice is intended to “raise awareness” that the bins were too full at times.