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Last Updated: Friday, 8 October, 2004, 10:20 GMT 11:20 UK
Asbos to stop sex at picnic site
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Families have been driven out by people looking for casual sex
People who use a picnic area in Lincolnshire for sex could soon be issued with anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) to curb the activities.

The Stickney picnic area, on the A16, has become notorious for casual sex and is advertised on web sites.

Nearby residents have unsuccessfully tried to reclaim the area for family-use by holding a party for villagers.

Asbos have been used to clamp down on kerb crawlers with people who break the orders facing jail.

We've only got the picnic area and therefore we need it and that's why we're going to fight for it
Brian Wood

The decision to begin working towards handing out Asbos was made at a meeting organised by the Stickney parish council on Thursday.

Brian Wood from the parish council said: "Unfortunately large groups of males tend to consort there and engage in overt acts of a sexual nature effectively precluding the normal type of user from using it.

"We've got a local guide troop that had have been excluded from the picnic area because of the nature of these acts."

The site has been plagued by this behaviour for 10 years, but according to local officials the problem is escalating.

"We've only got the picnic area and therefore we need it and that's why we're going to fight for it," Mr Wood said.

The council says it will rely on local people to report any lewd behaviour at the picnic site.

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