Teenager told: ASBO ruling is pants

5 May 2010, 07:16

It's been revealed that a proposal to legally ban a Rushden teenager from wearing his trousers so low that the public could see his underpants has been rejected.

Ellis Drummond, 18, was facing an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) preventing him from "wearing trousers so low beneath the waistline that members of the public are able to see your underwear''.

The Asbo would have prohibited him from displaying his boxer shorts or briefs anywhere public in Bedford Borough. It would also have banned him from wearing a hooded top with the hood up in any public place in Bedford Borough.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it intended to include the prohibitions in an Asbo for Drummond following his convictions for assault, possession of drugs and a public order offence at Bedford Magistrates' Court on April 27.

But before the court hearing, and following discussions with Drummond's defence solicitor, it was decided that they were "no longer necessary or proportionate to protect the public from further acts of anti-social behaviour'', the CPS said. Also ditched were proposals to ban Drummond from entering Bedford bus station and the McDonald's restaurant in Bedford High Street.

An Asbo banning him from approaching anyone and demanding, asking or seeking money or personal items of property belonging to them using threatening words or behaviour was imposed.

The teenager was also banned from entering any part of the building or grounds of Bedford College and from using threatening, abusive or intimidatory behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress or encouraging others to do the
same in Bedfordshire.

The clothing was deemed to be used to intimidate others.

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