Tuesday, July 11, 2006

It's official: young people can talk in public

A hat-tip to the Magistrates’ Blog for this story:

The High Court has criticised the way anti-social behaviour laws were used to prosecute a 17-year-old schoolboy. The boy and his friends were talking peacefully at a south-west London shopping centre when they were told to leave by a policeman, two judges heard.

The police officer made the order because of a persistent problem with anti-social behaviour in the area, though the group was well-behaved.

The boy was convicted for not leaving, but that was overturned by judges. The two High Court judges said the police officer's direction was "not a proportionate response".

Well, quite. We'd call it 'discrimination'.


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