District ponders bylaw swearing, spitting ban

Stuff.co 19 Sept 2013
Foul language and spitting could be banned from central Hastings in an effort to discourage anti-social behaviour.

Retailers at a public meeting last night spoke of young people brawling in the streets and intimidating the public.

Hastings District Council called the meeting after a man in his 60s was assaulted by a group of youths during the weekend.

Angry shop workers said councillors and police were not doing enough  to prevent young people loitering on the streets, throwing bottles and  shoplifting.

Parents said their teenage children were too scared to walk into town  at night and, if they wore red, regarded as the Mongrel Mob colour,  they were “set upon”.