Peer calls for clampdown on 'mooning'


A Conservative peer has called for a clampdown on "mooning", during committee-stage debate on the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.

Lord James of Blackheath made his remarks as peers discussed a move by Tory Lord Marsleford to bring in a civil penalty for littering from vehicles, on 20 November 2013.

Lord James said he supported the amendment but argued that it should go further to cover other bad behaviour in vehicles and on the roads.

He told the Lords how he and his wife were on their way to watch England play rugby at Twickenham when they witnessed buses of school children mooning - exposing their behinds - at passers-by.

"The sight of some 40 school children mooning simultaneously is not a pretty sight. She was horrified," Lord James said.

The peer went on to criticise cyclists who "defy you to run them down while they photograph you doing it", claiming "that's what they're longing for".

Home Office Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach later praised Lord James for "seeking to get to the bottom of several issues" but did not comment further on his suggestions.

You can watch the rest of the debate here and here.

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