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Crackdown On Spitting Chewing Gum In Manchester

Wed Apr 03, 2002 10:00 pm

Cleanliness in the city centre comes from http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/news/content.cfm?story=281666

City blitz on gum shame

MANCHESTER citizens are being urged to chew over the consequences of spitting out gum. The city council is spending £20,000 to remove chewing gum spat out by litter louts in key areas of the city centre.

The move is designed to clean up the city in time for the Commonwealth Games in July. The council has hired a specialist company to blitz problem areas using hot water and a high-pressure lance.

So far, the team has been working in Exchange Square and St Ann's Square. Other areas to be targeted will include King Street, Albert Square, Piccadilly and St Peter's Square.

Deputy leader of the council - and the city's chief grimebuster - Martin Pagel warned that people caught spitting out gum could face the council's wrath.

"We have powers to impose fines for dropping litter, including chewing gum and are prepared to use them," he said.

"We hope we can persuade people to behave in a more responsible way and to think more carefully about the effect of grimy, rubbish-strewn streets on the city's appearance."

Gordon McKinnon, chief executive of the Manchester City Centre Management Company, said: "Gum is litter and littering is a criminal offence which can result in fines of up to £2,500."

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RE: Crackdown On Spitting Chewing Gum In Manchester

Wed Apr 03, 2002 10:21 pm

tsk tsk. See how my country dealt with it!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

They banned the sale of gum totally! Penalties for the sale of chewing gum in Singapore include a fine and a jail term of some months. But no one has ever been convicted under that law since it was imposed in 1992. And no shop here sells chewing gum. So no more gum problem!!

But prostitution is legal though. heh.

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RE: Crackdown On Spitting Chewing Gum In Manchester

Wed Apr 03, 2002 10:50 pm

I heard one man was deported from Singapore because he had gum in his pocket.
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RE: Crackdown On Spitting Chewing Gum In Manchester

Wed Apr 03, 2002 11:50 pm


It is not illegal to bring in chewing gum from overseas for personal consumption so I doubt that anyone has been deported for doing so.

I always buy heaps of gum when coming back from overseas. And I always chew them in the airport and pass the customs officers. They don't care. Because it is NOT ILLEGAL! It's only illegal to sell gum.

Anyway 2500 pounds is a bit steep for a littering fine isn't it! That's nearly USD5000!
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RE: Crackdown On Spitting Chewing Gum In Manchester

Thu Apr 04, 2002 6:11 am

Is it illegal to chew gum in private?
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