08:00 Monday 20 January 2014

Teen is fined for spitting in street

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

A TEENAGER has been hit with a £75 fine for spitting in a Burton street.

Liam Sterling was issued with a penalty notice by East Staffordshire Borough Council after he was seen spitting 11 times in New Street by an enforcement officer.

The 17-year-old was dismayed to have been hit in the pocket for what he described as a ‘habit’.

He took to social networking site Twitter to express his anger at the council’s decision.

Mr Sterling tweeted: “Cheers East Staffordshire council. Hope you’re proud of your ‘undercover’ officers working hard. Fined for a habit.”

East Staffordshire Borough Council branded Mr Sterling’s actions as ‘litter and defacement’.

Fines being handed out for spitting has proved to be a controversial issue, with many councils across the country beginning to take a hard-line stance on the issue.

Mr Sterling, from Derby, received a fine under the Environmental Protection Act after being seen spitting on numerous occasions last week.

The council said it had a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to spitting and would continue to fine people who were caught doing it in the borough, as well as people seen littering and not cleaning up after dogs.

It also confirmed that its enforcement officers wore uniforms and did not ‘undertake undercover operations.’

An East Staffordshire Borough Council spokesman said: “The council has issued a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for spitting as it is classed as littering and is defacement. The council does not undertake undercover operations as officers wear uniforms. We will continue to issue FPN’s to those who litter and deface the local environment.

“The council has a zero tolerance approach to littering, spitting and dog fouling”.

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