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News - 3 June 2004
Illegal and often dangerous

Novel use of ASBOs to counter flyposting

In a test case that goes before magistrates on June 14th, the London Borough of Camden is seeking anti social behaviour orders against top executives in the music industry in an effort to combat fly-posting in the borough

In the first move of its kind the Council is seeking orders that are more usually associated with unruly teenagers and shoplifters but if they are successful executives working for companies like Sony and BMG could end up in jail for five years. Flyposting is an increasing problem in city centres as venues try to advertise their events cheaply without paying for proper ads in newspapers and magazines. It is estimated that large record companies can save up to £8m a year by resorting to flyposting. The move is being supported by Encams (previously known as the Tidy Britain Group) whose chief executive Alan Woods insisted that it is a myth that posters are employed by struggling artists and bands. The situation in Brighton city centre may be somewhat different from London because we do have a burgeoning music industry that is largely composed of struggling artists and bands but certainly some large companies have been prosecuted in the past as well. The situation in Brighton city centre has improved greatly over the past year but this is largely due to some imaginative tactics and increased resources in the Council’s enforcement team. The removal of flyposters once they have served their purpose is largely financed by the tax payer.


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