Preston: summary fines for swearing and bad behaviour

Thanks to the Jeremy Vine Show over lunch:

Spitting, swearing and aggressive behaviour will be BANNED from ‘Proud Preston’.

Anyone who flouts the tough new code could be arrested or fined by patrolling police officers or council enforcers.

Council officers can fine people £75 for offences like littering, while police can give out fixed penalty notices of up to £80 for a range of offences.

Of course the target behaviour is unacceptable, but do we really want to replace personal responsibility with summary justice for minor misdemeanours? Callers to the show overwhelmingly thought so…

Surely we can do better?

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