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Standards of dress have been slipping in Pikeville, Tennessee, and the city's elected leaders mean to do something about it.

More specifically, they are tackling the increasingly familiar problem of trouser slippage.

The city council, with full support of the mayor, has begun the process of passing an ordinance aimed squarely at saggers.

The order that mayor Phil Cagle expects to sign states that exposure of nether-garments (or regions) in this manner - the top of the trouser must not be more than three inches below the top of the hips - amounts to public indecency.

Offenders will be fined $25 (£14) for a first-timer, rising to $50 if they persist.

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