A slightly creepy loner who has been frightening women in his neighbourhood by hanging around their houses and trying to talk to them about military history and Star Wars has been ordered by a judge to serve his community service on Wikipedia.

Solicitors representing Carl Petersson, from Ipswich, admitted that Carl had always found it very difficult to talk to members of the opposite sex, and had no idea that they might be slightly disturbed by having him wait outside their front doors to recite the fatality statistics at Nagasaki. Now as well as a restraining order, the court instructed that Carl serve his community service by sharing his expertise, writing and editing articles on the online encyclopaedia.