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Britain's most unusual Asbos

Home Secretary Theresa May has signalled the possible end of Asbos in England and Wales, saying it is "time to move beyond" the orders, first introduced by Labour 11 years ago.

They have been imposed on 10-year-old boys and 80-year-old women, used to sober up persistent drunks and mute noisy neighbours. Here are some of the more unusual Asbos.

Sartorial errors

A 60-year-old man from Northampton was banned from dressing as a schoolgirl.

Image caption Parents complained after he loitered near primary schools

Peter Trigger's Asbo stopped him from wearing skirts or showing bare legs on school days between 0830 and 1000 and 1445 and 1600.

The authorities acted after parents complained he was waiting near a primary school dressed in clothes similar to school uniform. He then breached this in December last year by bending over in front of his neighbours repeatedly.

But a bid to ban an 18-year-old from wearing low-slung trousers was dropped earlier this year. Ellis Drummond, 18, from Rushden, Northants, was instead barred from using threatening behaviour and demanding money.

'Turn it down'

A country and western music fan was given an Asbo in January for tormenting his neighbours with Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash throughout the day.

Partially deaf Michael O'Rourke, 51, from Peterhead, was warned by the court that he risked becoming "the oldest raver in town" unless he started to turn his music down.

Meanwhile, a woman who made her neighbours' lives hell by having noisy sex breached her Asbo four times.

A court heard that complaints about Caroline Cartwright "shouting and screaming" during sex and playing loud dance music had been ongoing for years. But she avoided being jailed for the latest breach in June.

She said: "I have tried to minimise the situation by having sex in the morning - not at night - so the noise was not waking anybody."

In disguise

A Middlesbrough man who impersonated a barrister in a string of court cases was banned from claiming he was a legally qualified professional.

Ian Clegg, 32, admitted conning county court judges and magistrates over six months, but his Asbo was later overturned for being unnecessary in August 2009.

The court heard he defended two people accused of motoring offences at a magistrates' court and handled several debt cases in the local county court. He was rumbled when a prosecutor and court clerk became suspicious because he became confused over procedure.

In June, a homeless man who became an expert at faking illness so he could stay in hospital was given a criminal Asbo.

Counter-fraud experts say the scam cost the NHS tens of thousands of pounds.

Christopher Dearlove, 41, used more than 70 aliases to trick NHS staff into admitting him to hospital, as he knew which symptoms to report and how to be classed as highly infectious so he could get his own room.

Each time Dearlove was admitted to hospital, it cost an NHS trust between £400 and £1,000.

Intimidating behaviour

A "militant atheist" who left explicit images in a prayer room at Liverpool John Lennon Airport was given a five-year Asbo in April.

Harry Taylor, 59, of Salford, was said to have left images of religious figures in sexual poses on three occasions in 2008.

Among the posters, one image showed a smiling crucified Christ next to an advert for a brand of "no nails" glue. In another, Islamic suicide bombers at the gates of paradise were told: "Stop, stop, we've run out of virgins."

Taylor's Asbo bans him from carrying religiously offensive material in a public place.

And a shepherd was given an Asbo for using his flock to intimidate neighbours, which he breached in January.

Jeremy Awdry, 60, lost the right to graze the sheep in Bream in the Forest of Dean after they were reported straying into gardens and damaging fences.

A court heard the 500-strong flock was "used as a means of intimidating".

The prosecutor said: "There were situations where sheep were driven and put in places where they would cause trouble for people.

"Sheep were found lying outside houses dead with their name written in red on them."

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