Two men are the first in UK to be prosecuted for spitting after council uses littering laws in landmark case

Two men have become the first in the UK to be prosecuted for spitting after a counc

il used tough anti-littering laws in a landmark case. Khasheem Kiah Thomas, 18, and Zilvinus Vitkas, had refused to pay a fixed penalty notice for spitting and decided to challenge Waltham Forest councils policy in the courts. But magistrates upheld the council’s decision, resulting in Waltham Forest becoming the first council in the

UK to successfully prosecute for spitting in 6h58蓝月亮六肖中特 public. It now means local authorities across the UK have been given the green light to prosecute people who spit in public using li

ttering laws. Waltham Forest decided to clamp down on the habit after complaints from

furious residents. Its council enforcement officers and police community support officers will issue 80 fixed penalty notices to anyone caught spitting or urinating in public. Thomas, 18, of

Hackney, east London, and Vitkas, of Ilford, Essex, were both issued with 80 on-the-spot fines in February. But they decided to challenge the pros

ecution in the courts. As reported by the Daily Mail, relatives of one of the men prosecuted attacked the fines as ‘ridiculous’. Thomas’s grandmother, Patricia Thomas, 57, said: ‘You pick out a child of that age for spitting yet everyone does it? I personally think it is a disgusting thing to do, but I do see children and adults of all nationalities, young and old, spitting. Waltham Forest deputy leader Clyde Loakes said the council wants to eradicate the habit. He said the council had received support from people all over the

UK. We are going after anti-social spitters who really irritate our residents by leaving piles of spit on streets and in bus shelters. The council said the fines issued to spitters are for ‘enviro-crime offences’ . It said it had issued 25 of the notices since February. Ministers have previously supported plans to prosecute people who spit, saying it is not socially acceptable. Neither Thomas or Vitkas attended the hearing at Thames Magistrates Court last Friday. They were o

rdered to pay 300 each including double their original fines

and legal costs.

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