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A North London magistrates court has ended the reign of terror of a 76-year-old "yobbo" by slapping him with an Asbo, The Mirror reports.

David Lilley terrorised fellow residents in sheltered flats at the Rosa Freedman Centre, Barnet, where he "regularly slammed doors, screamed and shouted and banged on walls for hours late at night". He also indulged in "racist and homophobic jibes and spat at care staff".

Willesden magistrates duly clamped down on Lilley's antics, and the septuagenarian ne'er-do-well is now due for relocation.

He is not, however, the oldest recipient of an Asbo. That honour goes to 88-year-old Christopher Muat of Liverpool who, according to his order, could not "bang on any object, film his neighbours, turn up his TV to an unreasonable volume, shout, swear, or make 'sarcastic' remarks". He featured last year in the Channel 4 documentary Anti-Social Old Buggers.

In the hotly-contested junior Asbo league, meanwhile, we have a veritable borstal of raucous yoof, including the unnamed 11-year-old Norfolk lad who recently received his award for a rack of offences including theft from a car. He had already been the subject of an interim Asbo at the tender age of 10.

Indeed, Norfolk seems to have more than its fair share of underage miscreants. Back in 2004, 10-year-old twin brothers from Yarmouth got fully Asboed, prompting local councillor for Gaywood South Charles Joyce to lament: "There has been an increase in anti-social behaviour involving young people. I would have hoped the Asbo didn't happen in the first place, but some young people have been abusive, throwing stones and swearing at people. It just wears people down, they think what the hell are they paying their taxes for?"

We're certain, then, that Mr Joyce would welcome the zero-tolerance approach of Burton-on-Trent, where they like to nip potential troublemakers in the bud. Or rather, in the womb, as happened in the case of the Asbo-menaced foetus warned to "stop annoying neighbours by driving his scooter around the area". ®

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