Leicester City Council wardens to fine street spitters

People caught spitting on Leicester's streets could face a £50 fine, in a move prompted by a number of complaints to the mayor.

Leicester City Council's street wardens are having their enforcement powers extended to help stop the problem.

The council said it would enforce a local bylaw to prosecute anyone found spitting on public pavements.

In 2010, Leicester City Council began a campaign to stop paan, a tobacco-leaf mixture, being spat out on the streets.

'Stamping out' spitting

Paan, a mixture of tobacco, nuts and spices, is wrapped in a leaf and mainly chewed by members of the Asian community.

Those caught spitting paan on the streets face an on-the-spot £80 fine as when it dries, it leaves a dark red, blood-like stain which is difficult and costly to remove. It is covered by littering legislation.

Adrian Russell, Leicester City Council's director of environmental services, said: "People should be aware that it is an offence to spit on the street and that we will take enforcement, wherever possible, to help stamp it out."

Councillor Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor, added: "The problem of spitting in public is something that has been raised regularly at our Meet the Mayor events.

"We have listened to those concerns and explored what powers we have to tackle the problem."

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