Magistrates ban teenage lout from using the V sign

A teenage yob has been banned from sticking up two fingers at people.

A teenage yob has been banned from sticking up two fingers at people.

David Key, 18, had a habit of flashing the V sign at anyone who crossed his path.

And yesterday police took legal steps to stop him making that sign or any other rude hand gesture.

It was one of the terms of an Asbo handed out by magistrates to control his loutish behaviour.

The order means Key, of Sycamore Avenue, Blyth, Northumberland, must not: "Use in any public place words or behaviour or gestures that are rude or indecent or obscene or encourage others to do so."

A police spokesman said: "One of the things he would do was to give the V sign to people, which caused annoyance and upset.

"The order prevents him from doing that or using any other hand gestures that are rude or threatening."

Magistrates at Bedlington Youth Court also banned Key from causing harassment, alarm or distress and inciting others to do the same.

The Asbo is part of Chief Constable Mike Craik's pledge of total policing, tackling crime and disorder at all levels.

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