Slough Borough Council has lost a libel case against a local woman who complained about people deliberately trampling flowers in a park and ended up being entered on the council’s ‘violent persons register’.
The Court of Appeal heard that Jane Clift saw a young boy treading on flowers and complained to his mother. The mother’s male friend responded by trampling on the flowers himself (see solicitorsjournal.com, 21 July 2009).
Clift complained to a council anti-social behaviour coordinator, but the conversation went so badly she ended up slamming her phone down and breaking it.
After further comments from Clift about the coordinator, she was put on the council’s ‘violent persons register’ which was circulated to council...