Dog poo vigilante’s ‘brain death’ campaign sparks anger in North Wales town

A mysterious dog poo vigilante has angered seaside residents by daubing a brand new boardwalk with offensive red graffiti.

The person’s last post – in large handwritten letters – seemed to accuse dog walkers who don’t clean up of being “brain dead”.

The dog poop left behind was also circled in red paint.

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Many users of the new prom in Rhyl, Denbighshire, said the anti-poop messages are an eyesore and have become a bigger problem than the problem they are trying to prevent.

Examples of poo graffiti from around the city were posted on Facebook, including one by a person who said: ‘Whoever thinks it’s ok, answered their own question.

“It’s the ratepayers and residents of Rhyl who will foot the bill to clean this up!”

“Someone needs to know who is responsible for this vandalism.”

A few weeks ago the £27million East Rhyl coastal defense program was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

The new promenade allowed people to stroll or cycle to the city center or to Prestatyn – or simply to take in the sea air.

To see what people think of Rhyl’s new eastern sea defenses, read here.



The graffiti appeared just weeks after the new promenade opened

Regular users have been alarmed by how quickly the immaculately clean driveway has been defaced – particularly by “silly” dog poo graffiti.

Several messages appeared on the wall of the ballroom and next to the steps leading to the beach.

One person said the “beautiful, clean and fresh new wall” was the residents’ reward for enduring months of noise and disturbance.

She said: ‘Now it’s been ruined by someone who obviously doesn’t give up or accept that they took their grievance too far.

“Their actions have just ruined a lovely place that many come from near and far to enjoy.”

A number of councils across the UK have launched ‘pink poo’ campaigns to highlight problem areas and encourage dog walkers to scoop up.

The chalk-based paint is sprayed on dog feces and washes off naturally after several weeks.

Chester and Cheshire West are launching a pink poo initiative in May.



Few would dispute the message, just the way it's delivered
Few would dispute the message, just the way it’s delivered

While everyone at Rhyl wants to put an end to the dog feces mess, using red paint to daub large messages on a pristine wall isn’t seen as a sensible — or effective — solution.

One resident said: “Yes, there are inconsiderate dog owners who should be ashamed.

“But circling in red paint that won’t come off is insane.

“The same person sprayed the tarmac on our road to the beach with the same comments.”

Residents want the police to organize patrols – and the culprit to be forced to clean up areas that have been degraded.

Council staff went to the ball yesterday to hose down messages from the new levee vigilante.

Without tolerating the graffiti, one person said the scale of the dog poo problem in Rhyl needs to be addressed by the authorities.

“I’ve lived in many places but I’ve never seen more dog poo in my life than on the sidewalks of Rhyl,” he said.

“I have a stiff neck from walking around trying to avoid it.”

Denbighshire Council has been approached for comment.

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