Public spitting will soon become an offence

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A BAN on spitting on the streets of Mexborough, Conisbrough and Denaby has moved a step closer after councillors overwhelmingly backed the plan.

Mayor Peter Davies made outlawing spitting in the streets one of his election pledges, announcing he was determined to crack down on the “filthy habit.”

Now, after Doncaster Council gave its backing to the proposal to introduce a borough-wide by-law and fines against spitters, the final decision on whether to ban spitting in public rests with the Secretary of State.
 Mr Davies told a full council meeting at the Mansion House: “Doncaster could become one of the first authorities in the country to outlaw this disgusting, vile habit. 
 “There is no place in our borough for spitting”. 
 It was revealed that more than 30 cases of spitting a day had been reported – and the public were overwhelmingly behind the proposal with council officers expected to enforce the ban on the streets. Spitting within a handkerchief, spittoon, bin or tissue is not an offence.