Six-year-old Grace’s plea to Deeping dog owners

Grace Munton-Hague, six, who has put up posters asking dog owners to clean up after their pets. Grace is pictured with one of her posters in the pathway which runs between Bramley Road and The Grove at Market Deeping.'Photo: MSMP300113-013ow
Grace Munton-Hague, six, who has put up posters asking dog owners to clean up after their pets. Grace is pictured with one of her posters in the pathway which runs between Bramley Road and The Grove at Market Deeping.'Photo: MSMP300113-013ow
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A six-year-old girl has appealed to dog owners to show respect to other pedestrians and clean up after their pets.

Every day Grace Munton-Hague and her mother Louisa Crowson walk to and from Market Deeping Community Primary School via an alleyway between Bramley Road and The Grove.

Grace became increasingly annoyed with all the dog mess she had to avoid while walking through the alleyway, which is used by many as a route to schools and shops.

She decided enough was enough and put up posters in the alleyway for a week asking dog-owners to clean up after their pets.

Grace said: “I was fed up of all the mess down the alley so I decided to do the poster to make others think about people.

“I hope people will respect others and clean up after their dogs.”

Grace wrote the posters with the help of her mother Louisa, who said: “She didn’t want to make people angry, but maybe if even one person sees it, it could make a difference.

“I wrote to the council when we moved here three years ago. There is a sign but there are no bins.

“Because it’s an alleyway people think they can get away with it. It’s horrible.”

Grace hopes her campaign might encourage South Kesteven District Council to install a dog bin in the alleyway.

Market Deeping town and South Kesteven district councillor Paul Cosham (Con) wrote to the Mercury last week about dog fouling.

He said he would be happy to support Grace’s campaign and would push for bins to be installed.

He added: “People might think it’s minor but it is a very serious situation.

“Good luck to her. She is bringing it to the attention of other mothers and children.”