An exchange with Charon QC turned my mind to asbos. For the benefit of overseas readers, an asbo is an anti-social behaviour order. These orders are imposed by the courts telling people that they may not do things deemed to be - um - antisocial. It is a typically crass and controlling provision but that is another story. The exchange was about weird asbos. I did a little research. Here is some of the product.
Margaret Porter, 50, from North Yorkshire, was given a six-year asbo for attacking her brother with a stick of rhubarb in March last year.
A child with autism was threatened with an asbo because he was trampolining in his own garden and making strange noises that caused distress to neighbours.
Kim Sutton from Bath, who has tried to commit suicide four times, received an asbo banning her from jumping into rivers, canals or on to railway lines.
ANSWERING THE DOOR NAKED ASBO
Caroline Shepherd, 27, was given an asbo in April after neighbours complained about her wearing skimpy underwear when answering her door in Lanarkshire.
FEEDING THE BIRDS ASBO
Jean Smith, 60, a retired teacher is banned from putting bread out to feed the birds at her home in Burntisland and anywhere in Fife.
A Manchester Prostitute was given an asbo prohibiting her from carrying condoms.
SQUIRREL THREATENED ASBO
A couple in their 70s were threatened with an asbo for feeding squirrels in their back garden.
The asbo nonsense really says it all about the present government - illiberal, bossy and hectoring. More seriously, it is apparent that the recipients of the asbos tend to be the vulnerable and the needy and not all is comedy. Here are a couple of shockers...
One of the more shocking cases of an asbo being served involved a client of Shelter who lived with her husband and teenage daughter. Her daughter had Crohn's Disease and she was disabled and suffered from severe depression. Following the imposition of an asbo on the husband the whole family were evicted and deemed to be intentionally homeless. The husband subsequently lost his job and they have been living in the Shelter client's mother's one bedroom flat ever since.
Leonard Hockney died in jail after breaching an asbo banning him from begging.
Get rid of the bloody things!!!