Dacorum Borough Council wants decorum in town centre

A newly introduced Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in the Hertfordshire town of Hemel Hempstead has managed to lump the relatively harmless pastime of cycling in with publicly relieving oneself.

Dacorum Borough Council's move, which came into effect on 29 July, aims "to control anti-social behaviour and dog activity in the borough".

So of course they're going after the Lycra-clad scourge of highways and byways the length of the county – the cyclist.

Oh, and those kids on their skateboards with their beanies and baggie trousers and loud rap music.

"Cycling and skateboarding in an area of Hemel Hempstead town centre will carry a £75 fine under the PSPO, which also bans spitting," the order reads – including the "discharge of chewing gum" if there was any doubt – as well as "urinating or defecating in a public place".

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