Patrols are to be stepped up at a cemetery because dog owners are allowing their pets to defecate on graves.
Fife Council has said there will be in creased focus on Dunfermline Cemetery, on Halbeath Road, while fines will be doubled for dog owners who allow their animals to foul there.
The action has been taken following a rise in complaints about dog mess at the site.
From the start of April, dog walkers who allow their pets to defecate face an £80 fine, and those who repeatedly fail to take responsibility for the animals could face a maximum penalty of £500.
Councillor Pat Callaghan, the local authority spokesperson for the environment, said: “Fife’s cemeteries and crematoriums are a place for people to go and remember their lost loved ones.
“It is unacceptable and extremely disrespectful for dog owners to allow their pets to foul on lairs.
“Our safer communities officers stepped up patrols in Dunfermline Cemetery just over a year ago and while there were some initial improvements, I’m disappointed that this has not had any long-term impact on the problem.
“I hope the increased presence of officers will once again demonstrate that the people of Fife will not tolerate dog owners who break the law.
“As always we are thankful to the owners who clean up after their dogs.”