For a person to behave in an anti-social manner, does a potential victim need to be present? Philip Rule reports
A person will not behave in an antisocial manner in the absence of a potential victim according to R (Gosport Borough Council) v Fareham Magistrates' Court  EWHC 3047 (Admin). Amongst other requirements, to obtain an anti-social behaviourial order (ASBO), the person must have acted in a manner 'that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as himself'.
The defendant to the ASBO application was a man of good character employed in the defence industry. Despite this, he received remarks of censure for his irresponsible behaviour in riding his jet-ski in Stokes Bay, Gosport, from both the district judge at first instance and in the Administrative Court'...