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Olympic ASBO issued

23 April 2012

It is believed that an interim antisocial behaviour order (asbo) given to a protester from London is the first pre-emptive Olympic asbo to prevent protests at the Games.

Simon Moore took part in a protest against the construction of the Olympic basketball arena, is subject to a court order banning him from approaching any Olympic venue, activity or official along with other restrictions.

The order effectively criminalises tresspass, which is generally seen as a civil matter.

Whilst the Metropolitan Police have not confirmed whether any similar orders have been applied for by the force, it is thought that such powers may be seen as a useful tool in controlling protests in the run up to the Olympic Games. It remains to be seen whether the granting of such orders will be challenged on the basis that the asbos do not sufficiently balance the need to manage a nuisance against the individual’s human rights.

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