The town of Rochdale in England is considering whether to ban swearing and other "anti-social behavior" in public spaces. ITV reports that the measure would subject those caught "using foul and abusive language" to a warning, fine or removal from the area. It would also potentially ban loitering, playing loud music, revving car engines, and street drinking.
Rochdale council leader Richard Farnell says the ban is necessary to prevent a "small minority" from ruining the town center for other visitors. "We're investing 250 million pounds in our town center and we are doing everything in our power to create a vibrant, family-friendly and attractive place for everyone," he explained. Meanwhile, Lauren Canten, a legal officer for human rights campaign group Liberty, has described the swearing ban as a "staggering misuse of power."