In 1998, the UK government introduced a law designed to deter harassment called the Anti Social Behaviour Order or ASBO. The law has been controversial - some hailed it as a great way to deal with wayward punks whereas in other instances, something like this happens:
Daniel Cope, 13, was devastated when eight-year-old Milly disappeared from the family home.
He spent hours hunting for the pet with his parents before printing off 100 posters with tortoiseshell Milly's picture and putting them up on lamp-posts near the family home in Whitstable, Kent.
Just three days later, Daniel's mother Heather, 43, received a phone call from a community warden telling her they had to come down. [...] 'She said it came under an anti-social behaviour act and we could face an £80 penalty. I just burst into tears when she told me, I couldn't believe it.'