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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 December, 2004, 12:27 GMT
Asbowatch III: A dancing werewolf
By Duncan Walker
BBC News

Pigs
Pigs can get Asbos too, you know
Escaping pigs are the focus of the latest unusual anti-social behaviour order, after they kept making their way under their owner's fence. He's not the only one being targeted with an inventive order.

Pig farmer Brian Hagan is believed to have become the first farmer to be the subject of an Asbo. He was told to keep his swine and geese under control after people living nearby complained of them causing damage.

The order was made on Monday of this week, but on Tuesday he was charged with allegedly breaching the order after reports that the pigs had escaped again.

Mr Hagan's order is just one of many inventive uses of Asbos - which come with the threat of fines and up to five years in jail - in recent weeks. The Magazine is keeping tabs.

'YES, WE KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS'

Long before the release of Band Aid 20, the residents of one West Lothian street were sick of the charitable doings of Bob Geldof and friends.

Band Aid 20

Armed with a copy of the original version of Do They Know It's Christmas? a 26-year-old man destroyed his neighbours' festive spirit by repeatedly playing the song at top volume.

The people living in the flat downstairs started keeping a noise diary - which soon ran to some 300 pages.

"I used to like that Feed The World song, but last Christmas he played it dozens of times daily," said one.

Things might be different this year - an Asbo has banned him from playing loud music, stamping his feet and dropping objects.

A DANCING WEREWOLF

The experience of watching American Werewolf in London had profound effects for one film fan - and his neighbours.

The 28-year-old was so moved by the 1980s horror that he took to making wolverine howls for hours on end.

Alarmed neighbours who went to investigate the first outbreak saw him standing on his windowsill and pretending to dance with a Christmas tree while moaning loudly.

An Asbo banning him from shouting, swearing, banging windows, moaning and dumping rubbish was not enough. The howls continued and he was duly jailed for two months in August.

He has since been jailed for four months and will be spending Christmas in prison.

'I ASBO YOU'

Their passion for one another was fierce and, like Romeo and Juliet, their love forbidden.

Novel Asbos

It was the endless blazing rows that led to society's scorn - and an Asbo barring the couple from contacting one another.

Indeed, the 47-year-old man was told not to go within 50m of the home of his 48-year-old fiancée.

He said the order was "completely over the top" and magistrates in Blackburn eventually backed down, overturning the order.

Police may have been called to deal with the couple's rows more than 100 times, but there is no keeping them apart.

'HI, I CAN'T BE TRUSTED'

A trip to the High Street has become that little bit more stressful for one East Yorkshire man with some 83 shoplifting convictions.

Whenever he enters a shop in the Hull and East Riding area, the 35-year-old must tell staff about his record.

The order lasts three years and means the prolific tea leaf risks jail if he neglects to mention who he is - even if he's just buying a pint of milk.

Poster bearing his picture, details and name have been sent to shops across the area to make things extra awkward for him.

ON THE LINE

Having tried to convince a former school friend's parents that their daughter had been kidnapped and forced into prostitution, Angela Sarna of Brierley Hill, West Midlands, was jailed for two years.

But because she made phone calls and sent text messages to carry out the scam, she was also handed a very specific Asbo.

For the next five years she has been banned from using a pay-as-you-go mobile, using a mobile phone that is not in her name, or using a mobile to make nuisance calls.

Police said the kidnapping investigation they used took up 640 hours of officers' time, before Sarna, 21, was tracked.

Phone calls also landed Julie Roberts of Port Talbot in a spot of bother.

The 43-year-old made 765 nuisance 999 calls in less than a year - on one occasion complaining that she was having trouble tuning her TV.

She has received an interim ban stopping her from calling the emergency services unless there really is a crisis.

ON THE BUSES, OFF THE GRASS

Riding on the top deck and indulging child-like notions of being a bus driver is no longer an option for one Birmingham youth.

After a string of assaults carried out on the upper decks of the city's fleet, the 17-year-old was told he can only travel where the driver and other passengers can see him.

"If you can prevent him from going on the upper decks of buses, it's going to stop him committing these offences," a West Midlands Police spokesman was quoted as saying.

Teenage criminality was also the focus of an Asbo handed to a 17-year-old in Oldham.

He has been banned from using the word "grass" as a term of abuse against people who stood up to him.

The youth has also been banned from using other abusive language and throwing missiles.

In Harrogate, police want to go further - by completely banning persistent criminals from the town.

They have asked magistrates to consider an Asbo preventing known offenders for crimes like burglary from even setting foot in the town.


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