Dog urine row erupts after police staff member tells owner to clean up

Dog urine
Dog urine

A row has erupted after a police staff member was said to have ordered a man to clean up his pet dog’s urine.

Steve Schuurman, 56, was walking his six-year-old pet Saluki rescue dog Margot through Bournemouth’s main square last week when she cocked her leg to relieve herself.

As the NHS worker walked off, he claims an “aggressive” female member of Dorset Police shouted at him “clear your f-----g dog p--s”.

He said when he challenged her, a council community safety patrol officer allegedly threatened to have him arrested if he did not move on.

Dorset Police and Bournemouth Council had a stall and van in the seaside town’s centre as part of a “day of action” after several high-profile crimes, including a fatal stabbing, in the area.

Mr Schuurman said he would have cleaned up any dog mess but he did not know what they expected him to do with dog urine.

Dorset Police and Bournemouth council had a stall and police van in the seaside town centre
Dorset Police and Bournemouth council had a stall and police van in the seaside town centre - BNPS

He has reported the incident to the Dorset Police complaints department, which is “looking into the full circumstances”.

Mr Schuurman said the woman “got really aggressive” and “was waving her hands around and putting her hands on her hips, saying it was disgusting”.

He claimed he asked for an apology from two community safety officers, one of whom allegedly told him he’d be arrested if he didn’t leave.

A Bournemouth Council spokesperson said: “Our community safety officers were only involved in this incident in an effort to de-escalate the situation and seek a resolution for the gentleman involved. They acted with politeness and a calm manner throughout. None of our staff heard the police staff member swear, as is alleged.”

A Dorset Police spokesperson said: “All relevant lines of proportionate enquiry will be assessed to establish exactly what happened and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

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