A DOG day event will take place in Halstead Public Gardens next month as part of Braintree Council’s Safer Streets Project in April.

The event provides an opportunity for dog owners to sign up to the Essex Police 'Dogwatch' initiative and report anything unusual they spot on their daily dog walks.

It will run on Saturday, April 20, from 10am to 2pm in Halstead Public Gardens, featuring a puppy parade, fun family dog show and children's dog trail for owners and their dogs to take part in.

Exhibitors include Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue, Essex Therapy Dogs, Community 360, the Dogs Trust, Danaher Animal Home, United in Kind, Halstead Leisure Centre and more to be announced.

Those who register on Eventbrite can claim a goody bag at the free event.

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Mary Cunningham, cabinet member for stronger communities at Braintree Council, said: “This event is an excellent opportunity for Halstead residents to find out more about the Safer Streets project and for dog owners to sign up to the Dogwatch scheme to keep an eye out on their community. 

“It’s a great free event for dog owners and dog lovers alike.”

Braintree Council has secured £300,223 of Safer Streets funding to address issues including anti-social behaviour and crime prevention in Halstead.