Press Esc to close

Spitting to become criminal offence in Britain

London, Jul 20, 2013 (PTI): 18:47 IST
A woman walks past a ''Don't Spit'' campaign poster in Shanghai. Reuters
Local councils across Britain are likely to get the authority to make spitting a criminal offence, with the measure being initially rolled out in a borough in London.

Communities and local government minister Eric Pickles has given provisional approval for Enfield Council in north London to criminalise spitting in public places and warned that such behaviour in public was not acceptable.

The by-law, which bans spitting in public "without reasonable excuse", will be enforced by magistrates' courts.

"Spitting is a deeply anti-social and unpleasant practice. Spitting on Britain's streets is not socially acceptable," Pickles said.

"In light of the cross-party support and backing of ruling and opposition groups, we are giving the go-ahead to new powers for Enfield Council to tackle these localised problems," he said.

Enfield Council's cabinet member for environment, Councillor Chris Bond, told The Daily Telegraph: "This is a victory for the people of Enfield who were overwhelmingly in favour of a ban on spitting in this borough.

"It is an awful and disgusting habit and I'm delighted we can now get on with banning this filthy practice. I hope other local authorities will now follow suit."

A month-long consultation will take place before Pickles is asked to confirm the by-law. It would come into force a month after the confirmation process.

Provisional approval was previously granted to Doncaster Council to ban spitting on streets. Doncaster's proposal would see fines of up to 500 pounds imposed on anyone successfully prosecuted for spitting in public.

Other councils, including Leicester City Council and Waltham Forest in east London, have avoided the need for new by-laws by classifying spitting as "waste".

In Leicester, a fine of 50 pounds was introduced in 2011 and a fine of 80 pounds was introduced for spitting in Waltham Forest in February this year.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Smokes and flame comes out from the window after a high rise office building caught fire...

Smokes and flame comes out from the window after a high rise office building caught fire...

Officials of the Pakistani Anti-Narcotic Force destroy confiscated drugs and liquor in Lahore...

Officials of the Pakistani Anti-Narcotic Force destroy confiscated drugs and liquor in Lahore...

A view of illuminated Swaminarayan temple on occasion of Diwali in Surat...

A view of illuminated Swaminarayan temple on occasion of Diwali in Surat...

Students pose after lighting oil lamps around a 'Rangoli' outside their hostel...

Students pose after lighting oil lamps around a 'Rangoli' outside their hostel...

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti celebrates Diwali with orphans in Jammu...

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti celebrates Diwali with orphans in Jammu...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrating the Diwali with the jawans of the Indian Army...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrating the Diwali with the jawans of the Indian Army...

President Ram Nath Kovind greeting people on the occasion of Diwali festival at Rashtrapati Bhavan..

President Ram Nath Kovind greeting people on the occasion of Diwali festival at Rashtrapati Bhavan..

Devotees queued at Dakhheneswar Kali temple during Diwali festival in Kolkata...

Devotees queued at Dakhheneswar Kali temple during Diwali festival in Kolkata...

CPI(M) workers chant slogans at a protest rally outside BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday...

CPI(M) workers chant slogans at a protest rally outside BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday...

Woman teachers pose with Diwali greeting messages at a school in Moradabad on Tuesday...

Woman teachers pose with Diwali greeting messages at a school in Moradabad on Tuesday...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.