A DAD is furious after capturing a man allowing his dog to poo outside his gate.

Steve Hall has lived in Priory Vale for 15 years but says it's only in the last couple of weeks that he has noticed the problem.

Now it's making him worried for the safety of his two children.

He said: “I’m not bothered about going out there to get rid of it but it’s literally right in front of the gate, it’s disgraceful.

"I’ve got two small children and there’s other children in the area. It could be dangerous if they fall in it.”

The 46-year-old noticed the mess just over a week ago and then again over the weekend and that’s when he decided to check his CCTV footage.

“I was talking to some neighbours and they had said it had happened to them and that’s when I got the idea to check to footage.

"I found the clip and I could see the guy walking his dog stop, it does its business outside my gate and then he walks off,” he said.

“I think he’s just a kid by the looks of it. If kids can get away with things, they do but if he’s been sent out by his parents then someone has to take responsibility for it.

"Nobody should have to put up with this happening right outside their door or where kids play.”

Steve often walks his own puppy Hope, a 15-week-old cockapoo, around Haydon and has noticed dog mess is being left on the pavements or on grass areas.

Despite being frustrated with people not picking up after their pets, he has decided to not report the issue but instead wants to encourage them not to leave it behind and to bin it.

He said: “Something needs to be done, maybe more dog bins in the area but people need to pick the mess up when their dog goes.

"Parents need to teach their children to grow up and take responsibility and the same goes for any adults who aren’t cleaning up after their dogs.”

Swindon Borough Council has said that anyone in charge of a dog must clean up its faeces immediately. The only exceptions to this is if the owner is registered blind or any other legitimate reason.

Spokesman for the borough council said: “Any person in charge of a dog must immediately remove faeces if the dog defecates at any time on public land.

"The faeces should be appropriately disposed of either at home, in a dog waste bin or any general litter bin.

“Someone who is registered blind, is physically unable to do so or otherwise has a reasonable excuse, may be exempt from this requirement.

“The council investigates allegations of dog fouling offences.

"Video footage may be considered if it clearly shows faeces being deposited by the dog and the person can be positively identified."