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Apparently, spitting in public is a problem in the North London borough of Enfield.

It’s enough of a problem that a new law has been passed by the local council outlawing spitting in public, punishable with up to a £500 fine.

Remarkably, the council had to ask the British Government for the authority to do this and it was approved!

Quoth Enfield Council Member Chris Bond: “Spitting is utterly foul and disgusting and we’re delighted the government has given us the power to prosecute. We can now get on with dealing with those disgusting individuals who want to share their spit with the wider community and send out a strong message to show that sort of disgusting behaviour won’t be tolerated in a civilised society.”

Visitors to enfield should be re-assured that those who spit into a handkerchief, tissue, bin, or containers are exempt from the new regulations.

So, tourists beware, no spitting in Enfield!

Author: jonathan

Jonathan is a consummate Anglophile who launched Anglotopia.net in 2007 to channel his passion for Britain. Londontopia is its sister publication dedicated to everything London.


  1. I was born and brought up in Birmingham, Britain’s second largest city. In the 1950s the buses in that city all had “Spitting Prohibited” notices in the seating areas. This was of course in the days when British industrial cities were still full of smoke and grime, so the locals would be inclined to get somewhat “bunged up”.

    In the London Borough of Enfield, as in many other parts of London, there are a fair number of people who originate from places in the world where spitting in public is a cultural expression (for want of a better way of putting it), so I think that the Borough Council want to try and change that sort of behaviour!

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