No prosecutions in district for smoking

PUBLISHED: 16:35 20 December 2007 | UPDATED: 21:53 29 May 2010

NO-ONE in Uttlesford has been prosecuted for failing to comply with the anti-smoking laws introduced in July. The district council has revealed that while 11 reports of breaches of the law have been reported, none of these have led to a prosecution. How

NO-ONE in Uttlesford has been prosecuted for failing to comply with the anti-smoking laws introduced in July.

The district council has revealed that while 11 reports of breaches of the law have been reported, none of these have led to a prosecution.

However, with the advent of winter and the increasingly harsh outdoor conditions, smoke-free enforcement officers anticipate smokers may be more reluctant to honour the ban.

Lisa Lipscombe, Uttlesford District Council's health promotion officer, said: "Now the weather has turned

colder we feel there may be some problems with smokers not wanting to venture too far out into the cold to have a cigarette.

"Since the ban on July 1, we have received and dealt with 11 reports of non-compliance and as yet we have had no reason to prosecute, preferring to discuss and advise people and, where necessary, issue a warning."

If you have any ban queries call Lisa on 01799 510624.

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