Aim to stamp out spitting in the street


People who spit in the street in Boston have been warned will soon be hit with a £75 fine as council bosses aim to stamp out the habit.

Boston Borough Council has announced it will make spitting in public illegal and dish out fines to those reponsible - although it will first have a period of ‘change and education’ before it imposes them.

The council says a precedent has been set in other parts of the country, backed by local government and communities minister Eric Pickles, making spitting illegal.

A consultation carried out with the public by the council found big support for spitting in the street to be outlawed.

Of those spoken to by the borough council, 71 per cent said it caused them serious concerns – similar to dog fouling, urinating and defecating.

The council will make it an offence to spit under the same rule which makes it unlawful to throw litter down in the street.

Anything thrown down in the street which is not picked up can be classed as litter – including spit.

Two men who refused to pay a fixed penalty fine issued by Waltham Forest Council in London for spitting in the street have been fined £160 each after the case was dealt with in court. It was the first to prosecute successfully for spitting.

Spitting into a handkerchief or tissue would not be considered an offence.

Coun Michael Brookes, portfolio holder for street cleansing, said: “We have had an increasing number of complaints from the public about spitting in the street. We have included this in our new environmental crime strategy.

“But we do not want to immediately wade in with fixed penalty fines. In some instances we appreciate there has to be a culture change as action over spitting has not been taken before. We hope to first of all educate, but will use enforcement action if the problem persists.”