ASBO woman 'victimised'

PUBLISHED: 08:39 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 15 June 2010

JUST because I've got an ASBO doesn't mean to say I should be victimised" a view expressed by Maureen Vincent after she found herself the subject of verbal abuse in Honiton last week.

JUST because I've got an ASBO doesn't mean to say I should be victimised" - a view expressed by Maureen Vincent after she found herself the subject of verbal abuse in Honiton last week.Human rights organisation Liberty agrees and has issued a statement, saying the naming and shaming of individuals is "bad news" and could lead to "mob justice".Ms Vincent, 45, recently claimed she had been banned from entering Tesco in Honiton. The store has failed to confirm or deny the allegation.Now Ms Vincent fears other outlets in the town will follow suit.She told the Herald she was discriminated against at a second outlet, this time in the town centre.She claims she handed over £9.60 to a woman last Wednesday who told her: "I know who you are and what you are.""She was rude," said Ms Vincent. "What am I? I'm a human being! It's discrimination."Ms Vincent, who does not claim to be perfect, said: "I might have an ASBO, but I do not expect to go into places and be spoken to like that. It's unbelievable; disgraceful and disgusting."A spokesperson for human rights group Liberty said: "Naming and shaming people invites misunderstanding and a return to mob justice."Surely shunning troubled people from the community is bad news in the long run?"The terms of Ms Vincent's ASBO, put in place by magistrates in Honiton last April, do not preclude her from any area of Honiton.


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