When next you find yourself on the street of Waltham Forest council and probably very soon any street in London, Please "DON'T SPIT" except ofcourse you've got 80-160 quid to spare. Spitting costs so much these days you know! hehehe!...
2 boys,Khasheem Kiah Thomas, 18, of Hackney, east London, and Zilvinus Vitkas, of Ilford, Essex, were each ordered to pay a £160 fine, legal costs of £120 and a victim surcharge of £20 recently.( See photograph of the saliva that was used as evidence against the boys after the story)
Seriously now!.....Those who spit in public can now be prosecuted for littering after a council won a landmark legal ruling.
A council spokesman said the fines were issued for ‘enviro-crime offences’.
Waltham Forest deputy leader Clyde Loakes said: ‘We are going after anti-social spitters who really irritate our residents by leaving piles of spit on streets and in bus shelters. It’s common decency.'Hopefully we can eradicate this disgusting habit.
But Thomas’s grandmother said it was ridiculous to fine and prosecute her grandson for spitting when ‘everyone does it’.Patricia Thomas, 57, said: ‘You pick out a child of that age for spitting yet everyone does it.‘I personally think it is a disgusting thing to do, but I do see children and adults of all nationalities, young and old, spitting. ‘That should mean everybody should get a fine.’
Mrs Thomas described the £300 fine and legal costs as ‘a bit harsh’ and said her grandson, a student, would not be able to pay it.
Moves to tackle spitting have won support from ministers. Local Government minister Brandon Lewis said: ‘Spitting is a deeply anti-social and unpleasant practice. ‘Spitting on Britain’s streets should be as socially unacceptable as dropping litter.’
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has backed Enfield Council who want to pass a bylaw banning the habit, saying: ‘Spitting on Britain’s streets is not socially acceptable.’
Councils raise around £5.5million a year handing out more than 73,500 litter fines but critics fear that town hall bosses want to extend powers for on-the-spot fines to boost dwindling coffers.
|Evidence of saliva|