ASBI woman should not have entered estate

Behind bars: Deborah Whittle
Behind bars: Deborah Whittle

A woman has been sentenced to four months in prison for entering the Broadfield estate in Leyland.

Deborah Whittle was banned from the estate under the terms of an anti-social behaviour injunction (ASBI) made in April.

New Progress Housing Association obtained the injunction after residents reported drunken and threatening disturbances.

Whittle was arrested on October 23 after she breached her injunction for a fourth time and had stolen a bottle of wine from a local supermarket.

At Preston County Court, Whittle admitted to the breaches.

Sentencing her, District Judge Michael Turner said: “It is a matter of regret that little apparent progress has been made regarding the defendant and I consider the theft of alcohol an aggravated feature of the breach of the ASBI.”

The injunction, which lasts until April 2014, sets out several conditions aimed at curbing the anti-social behaviour of Whittle.

It forbids her from:

- Entering the Broadfield estate in Leyland.

- Causing harassment, alarm or distress to any person.

- Using violence or encouraging others to use violence.

- Inciting or encouraging others to engage in
anti-social behaviour.

Gary Melia, deputy managing director of New Progress Housing Association, said: “This type of behaviour will not be tolerated and we are sending out a clear message that breaches of Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions are taken very seriously and can result in prison sentences being awarded to those who behave inappropriately on our estates.

“People deserve to live in their homes peacefully and we will always take positive action against those intent on disrupting our communities.

“This result, which I hope will come as a relief to residents, has been made possible through working in partnership with agencies such as the neighbourhood Policing Teams.”