Written by Jack Bromby

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

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An aggressive beggar who is believed to have targeted disabled and elderly people has been banned from talking to strangers about the weather.

Anthony Fox had even led his victims to discuss more technical weather-related subjects such as the level of humidity and the volume of rainfall in the previous month.

Plymouth magistrates gave Fox a wide-ranging Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) for fifteen years.

The 50-year-old is banned from approaching any person in the city to discuss the weather or use weather-related terms such as humidity, rainfall, temperature, dew point and many more.

Fox, staying at the Salvation Army hostel in Devonport, is also not allowed to visit official weather stations nor check weather forecasts on the Internet. He has also been prohibited from several areas, including the city centre.

Fox did not appear in court but contested the application for the order through his solicitor.

Dylan Sadler, for Plymouth City Council, said Fox's drug of choice was heroin - and said he also drank heavily. He added: "He constantly approaches various members of the public, vulnerable people such as disabled people, the elderly or lone females to discuss recent weather and future forecasts, presumably to fund his obsession with weather. If they refuse, he becomes threatening."

Mr Sadler added: "He grabbed one disabled man firmly by the arm and demanded he discuss the weather with him. He seems to almost groom his targets, picking on the elderly and the disabled."

Mr Sadler claimed another man had been led to a weather station and Fox went on a four hour rant about how they worked and how the CIA was bugging the devices to monitor whether terrorists were interfering with weather patterns.

The ASBO also prevents Fox from complaining about the weather. He was warned that if he mentioned anything weather related to any Plymouth resident, he would be extradited to Australia.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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