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Spit spat sparks anti-hawking campaign in borough

Heather and Michael Clinton have MP Mike Penning's backing in their fight to have spitting banned in Dacorum

Heather and Michael Clinton have MP Mike Penning's backing in their fight to have spitting banned in Dacorum

 

A woman who is fighting against those who hawk in public is happy her campaign isn’t merely spitting in the wind.

Heather Clinton of Great Elms Road said she felt ‘dirty and disgusted’ after being accidentally spat on in Hemel Hempstead town centre earlier this year, and wants to see the habit outlawed in Dacorum.

The 52-year-old feels bringing the issue to the attention of Dacorum Borough Council could help get a bye-law introduced and make the town a more pleasant place to shop.

She told the Gazette: “I felt dirty and disgusted. The council keep saying they want to make the town better and encourage people to come here, so why wouldn’t they want a law about spitting in public?”

Heather and her husband Michael have been collecting signatures around the town since the unpleasant incident in February, and now have town MP Mike Penning backing their cause.

More than a thousand people have signed their petition, which will be presented to Dacorum Borough Council.

Mr Penning said: “I fully support Heather and Michael in this campaign.

“This sort of behaviour is disgusting and unacceptable. Enfield has done it, so there is no reason why Dacorum cannot follow suit. It would send a clear message that Dacorum is a clean and pleasant place to live.”

Spitting in the street was banned in Enfield, north London, in December. It was the first local authority to introduce a bye-law of this nature, and now people caught spitting in the London borough can be prosecuted and fined up to £500.

 

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