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An Italian mayor has put forward a proposal that would ban miniskirts that are too, well, mini.

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Ladies, look out for the hemline police!

Luigi Bobbio, mayor of Castellammare di Stabia, an Italian seaside town near Naples, has put forward a proposal that would ban miniskirts that are too, well, mini.

The proposal would also ban sunbathing, playing soccer in public places and blasphemy, in what the mayor says is an attempt to "restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence."

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Not all miniskirts will be banned - just those that don't cover a woman's underwear. Which means that "the police will be checking women's hemlines to see if they can spot knickers, and imposing fines of up to [$700]" according to the Guardian.

How exactly cops will do that without looking totally pervy is anyone's guess. But by all accounts the mayor has enough of a majority to see the proposal pass when council votes on it Monday.

The town is not the only area in Italy to use the extra powers granted by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government to crack down on anti-social behaviour, according to the BBC.

"In other places they have banned sandcastles, kissing in cars, feeding stray cats, wooden clogs and the use of lawn mowers at weekends."

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