Manchester Council Has Banned Swearing in Public

By Gary Cutlack on at

Manchester's poshed-up riverside development of Salford Quays would like its residents and visitors to start acting a bit more gentlemanly seeing as the industrial premises have now all been turned into nice flats, with the local council introducing an order to ban public swearing -- on the peril of a spot fine if caught effing or blinding.

Salford council's Public Space Protection Order covers the Quays area, and has been introduced with the intention of calming anti-social behaviour, turning it into a criminal offence should anyone be rumbled "using foul and abusive language" on the newly cobbled streets.

Sadly, the council has not released a list of banned words. David Lancaster, the Deputy City Mayor at Salford City Council, said: "I'd like to thank residents for coming forward and letting us know about their concerns so we could take action. It's quite simple - antisocial behaviour and crime won't be tolerated in our city and we will use every power available to wipe it out."

A fixed penalty notice of £60 if paid within 10 days is the threat, rising to £90 if paid late -- and hitting a maximum penalty of £1,000 if convicted. We'll leave you with this tweet:

[Manchester Evening News]

Image credit: Salford Quays from Shutterstock

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