With a pensioner jailed this week in Kent for refusing to pay his poll tax, another pensioner in Derbyshire is facing jail for protesting against her council's "refusal" to help residents in her once picturesque street which has been overrun by drug dealers and prostitutes.
Her street full of boarded-up windows, flats - many of them squats - crammed with homeless drug addicts and immigrants. An alleyway behind it was dubbed "Crack Alley" after council workers found 900 hypodermic needles in one hour. Sounds familiar? It could be many places in Britain today.
This case raises interesting questions over a council’s duty to enforce the law and provide residents with a decent environment in return for their council tax and indeed, who should be in front of the courts and sent to jail, the drug dealers or the protesting pensioner.
So will she be jailed too? – Read on.