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A few days ago, peers voted by 306 to 178 against government plans to criminalise being a nuisance or annoyance in public.
Roman Catholic activist Chris Cole has been convicted of criminal damage for his nonviolent protest against the London arms fair last September.
The Howard League for Penal Reform has today (Monday) published a book that examines the anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) and suggest it is failing to prevent further crime and anti-social behaviour among offenders.