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07 / 03 / 2008 - Pensioner in court over abortion pictures
England -- A 76 year old pensioner from Norfolk has appeared in court after being arrested for showing abortion pictures to a shop owner in the town of Downham Market.
Edward (Ted) Atkinson appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 5th March but refused to enter a plea to the charges. He was accused of breaching an "ASBO" (anti-social behaviour order) on Friday, February 8, when it is claimed he showed two pictures to Astrid Newman while at a store in Downham.
In May 2006, Ted was sentenced to six weeks in prison for mailing abortion pictures to a hospital in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. He was also given an ASBO and told that if he breached it (by showing pictures of abortion) he would face up to five years in jail.
On Friday 8th February 2008, Ted went into the 'Toys Tools & Gifts' shop in Wales Court Shopping Precinct to complain to the manager about "sex novelties" on public display outside. He told the manager that he objected to the display because it could be seen by passing children. The manager claimed she was doing nothing illegal and ordered him to leave the shop. Before leaving, Ted showed her a picture of aborted babies and asked her did she think it was fair that she was allowed to show her immoral display while he had been fined for showing pictures of babies killed by abortion.
On 19th February, two police arrived at Ted's home and arrested him for breaching his ASBO by showing the abortion pictures to the shop manager.
He was also charged with using words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
The case has been adjourned to Wednesday, April 16, for the preparation of committal papers to Norwich Crown Court. Mr Atkinson was released on conditional bail and is forbidden to enter the Wales Court Shopping Precinct.
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