Hundreds fined across Newham for spitting in public

Junction of High Street South and Barking Road, East Ham.

Junction of High Street South and Barking Road, East Ham. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people across the borough have been forced to pay fines for spitting in a public place.

Altogether, a total of 634 people have been fined £80 after they were caught spitting in public streets by Newham Council’s enforcement officers.

Councillor Ian Corbett, mayoral advisor for environment and leisure, said: “Spitting is an unhygienic and anti-social act which our residents should not have to witness or walk through.

“We began issuing fines in response to complaints from residents and we consider that spitting is as disgusting as dropping litter or fly tipping on our streets.

“By issuing these £80 fines we are sending out a strong message that this horrible behaviour will not be tolerated in the borough.”

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In 2011, Newham became the first borough in London to ban spitting in public after receiving complaints from residents.

All London boroughs now have the power to fine people £80 for spitting in public.

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This can be reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.

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