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Saturday 10 December 2016

Italian hamlet will fine 'gawkers' €500 if they get too near the Clooneys' mansion

Linger too long near George Clooney's Italian villa in the hope of catching a glimpse of the actor-director and his new bride and you might pay dearly.

The town of Laglio, where Clooney bought an 18th Century mansion with a private dock on Lake Como a dozen years ago, has hiked fines for those who create "problems of public order" when gathering to gawk on the main road behind the villa or approach by boat closer than 100 metres offshore.

Mayor Roberto Pozzi said he signed ordinances last week introducing fines as stiff as €500, five times higher than before.

The twin ordinances - one to discourage land-based, out-of-town gawkers, the other for boat-based voyeurs - run through to September 30, covering the spring-summer period when Clooney usually stays in Laglio.

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Clooney married London-based human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin (both right) last September in Venice.

"We haven't seen him since he got married," Mr Pozzi said. "We'll see if he comes in his usual period."

He added that so far "common sense" has prevailed and no one has been fined.

The ordinances, posted around town, "aren't aimed at repression", said the mayor. "If a tourist wants to come by and take a photo, that's okay."

Instead, by raising fines the town wants to discourage "knots of people" from gathering and lingering and posing traffic dangers.

Mr Pozzi said Italian law already forbids boating within 50 metres of shore.

Townspeople have enjoyed good-neighbour relations with Clooney and his frequent Hollywood star house guests.

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