n Anti-Social Behaviour Order – a restraining order awarded to miscreants specifically barring them from doing certain naughty things again (spray-painting bridges, beating up pensioners, that sort of thing). Whilst the ASBO itself does not go on the offender’s criminal record, any breach of it does – it’s intended to be a warning shot across the bows for errant youths.

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agony aunt, all mouth and no trousers, bairn, barrister

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