Meet the Council so fed up of people spitting on their streets they're proposing to introduce on-the-spot fines

Bedford Borough Council is fed up of people spitting in the street.
Bedford Borough Council is fed up of people spitting in the street. Photo: ITV News Anglia

In the spring sunshine, it's rather pleasant out and about in Bedford town centre.

But it can be very easily spoilt by one very anti-social habit.

Bedford town centre.
Bedford town centre. Credit: ITV News Anglia

If you haven't already guessed, the problem is spitting.

It's a truly horrible habit which is why they're trying to stop it in Bedford. In fact, anyone caught doing it could end up being punished.

Bedford Bridge.
Bedford Bridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The town's Borough Council has started a consultation on the issue of spitting and urinating in public places.

If there's enough support from the local community, anyone caught in the act will be given an on-the-spot fine of £75, or risk being taken to court.

ITV News Anglia's Lauren Hall talks to the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson.
ITV News Anglia's Lauren Hall talks to the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's horrible, it's unhygienic, it's not nice, and it doesn't make you want to walk around the town.

You have to watch where you're walking, it's just pretty disgusting isn't it?

You just don't want to walk somewhere where people have spat."

– Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford Borough

It's a sentiment shared by these council workers - they're fed up with people spitting in the streets they're trying to keep clean and tidy.

Margaret Smith says that cleaning up spit makes her feel sick.
Margaret Smith says that cleaning up spit makes her feel sick. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I can't explain it - it just makes me want to be sick.

You can't clear it up."

– Margaret Smith, Street cleaner

They want something to be done - and hope that by introducing fines, people will break this horrible habit, making the streets more pleasant for everyone.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Lauren Hall