Peers set to block law on being annoying in public

The criminalisation of young people (in the main) continues apace, then. On the BBC:

A group of peers will try to block a law under which courts could stop people being annoying in public later.

Ministers want to replace anti-social behaviour orders in England and Wales with injunctions to prevent nuisance and annoyance.

Courts could impose these on anyone engaging – or threatening to engage – in “conduct capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to any person”.

But the Reform Clause 1 group calls the plan a “threat to free speech”.

Members of the cross-party group say the new power is so wide it could be used against buskers, carol singers, street preachers and political protestors. Rest: BBC.