An amusing report from the BBC News Magazine website drawn from the forthcoming series Filthy Cities, which explores the history of filth in medieval London, 18th C Paris and 19thC New York.
The full article from the link below features a rather wonderful interactive map of one of the archived documents.
BBC News - An Asbo in 14th Century Britain
Today we are urged to report fly-tipping and other nuisances - just as our forebears did 700 years ago. Their complaints survive in a rare 14th Century document, the Assize of Nuisance..... full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12847529