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Doncaster spitting fine moves a step closer

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies
Image caption The Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, called spitting a "filthy habit"

People caught spitting in Doncaster could be fined up to £500 under a proposed by-law.

A borough-wide ban moved a step closer this week after government officials provisionally approved the legislation.

The council said confirmation of the by-law will take place in the next few weeks.

Peter Davies, the town's elected mayor, welcomed the news, saying: "Spitting is a filthy habit and one that I want rid of from the streets of Doncaster."

Under the proposed by-law anyone caught spitting could face prosecution in the magistrates court and a fine of up to £500.

If approved, the regulation will be implemented by the council's existing enforcement officers.

Mr Davies added: "It sends out a strong message that this type of anti-social behaviour is completely unacceptable."

The council said a consultation held on the issue last summer had received the 'majority' of public support.

Confirmation of the by-law is subject to the consideration of any objections the government may receive.

Enfield Council, in north London, is also seeking to introduce similar legislation.

Leicester City Council introduced £50 fines in 2011 and Waltham Forest Council, in north-east London, introduced £80 fines last month, choosing to get around the bureaucracy by classing spitting as 'waste'.

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