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Tough bans for car criminals

DUMPING your car could result in a lifetime driving ban under tough new measures announced by the Home Office.

Similar punishments face drivers behaving in an anti-social manner, including kerb crawlers who pester women for sex.

The driving bans - unlimited under new powers - are be in addition to other sentencing. From January 1, courts can also ban boy-racers and drivers who abandon their old bangers on the roadside, as well as anyone who uses a car to commit a crime.

A spokesman for the Home Office told the Medway Messenger: "Kerb-crawling is a problem that affects communities all over the country. By banning the drivers causing this serious nuisance, we can deal with the distress caused to local communities."

Among others who face bans are off-road drivers who tear up parks and wasteland.

Home Office minister Hazel Blears said: "Kerb crawling and the anti-social use of cars can blight local communities, causing misery and distress to people going about their daily lives."

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