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Doncaster Council Given Permission To Impose Fines For Spitting

21/03/2013 15:19 GMT | Updated 21/03/2013 15:22 GMT

Spitting on the streets of Doncaster is set to be become illegal after the council won permission to change the law.

Government minsister have provisionally approved a new bylaw that would slap a fine of up to £500 on anyone caught in the act in the Yorkshire town.

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Fines of up to £500 will be levied on spitters in Doncaster

Doncaster Council said the majority of residents had backed the move in a public consultation last summer.

The results of the survey were sent to Eric Pickles' Department for Communities and Local Government as part of the by-law application.

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Doncaster's Mayor, Peter Davies, said: "I am delighted with this latest news. Spitting is a filthy habit and one that I want rid of from the streets of Doncaster.

"Doncaster will be one of the first councils in the country to have implemented a spitting byelaw.

"It sends out a strong message to the whole of the country that this type of anti-social behaviour is completely unacceptable and not welcome in our town."

Anyone caught spitting Doncaster could face prosecution in the magistrates court.

The by-law is expected to be rubber-stamped in the next few weeks.