A TORBAY man with a history of threatening to jump off bridges has been given an interim Asbo banning him from calling the police unless it is a genuine emergency.
Jeremy Stewart, 38, of Bay View, Paignton, has also been banned from carrying a rope, tying one to a tree, or positioning himself at the bottom of a bridge and saying he has fallen.
Magistrates granted the order after a complaint from police.
They say the order will not only protect Mr Stewart but also safeguard the public.
A police spokesman said: "An interim Anti-Social Behaviour Order was successfully obtained at Torbay magistrates last week.
"The purpose of the Asbo is not only to prevent members of the public and emergency services in the future having to witness the actions of Mr Stewart, which have already caused harassment, alarm or distress, but also to safeguard Mr Stewart by putting clear boundaries in place to prevent him placing himself in life threatening situations."
In August, the Herald Express reported that Mr Stewart had cost a rail company more than £37,000 in train delay fines by threatening to jump off a railway bridge.
He stood over the parapet of the railway bridge at the bottom of the Torbay Ring Road for more than two-and-a-half hours, causing 12 Cross Country trains to be cancelled or delayed.
He was finally talked down and was arrested for trespassing on to a railway line and throwing a gym holdall on to the track.
He has also been at the centre of 12 other incidents which have cost the authorities and businesses tens of thousands of pounds.
During a previous court hearing Mr Stewart said he was suffering from psychosis, anxiety and depression and was on medication. He said he did not want to put anyone at risk.
The interim order is in place until a further court hearing on December 4.