‘You are a drain on the residents of Broadfield’

Jailed: Deborah Whittle
Jailed: Deborah Whittle
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A woman who has continued to be a nuisance to residents is today behind bars after entering the Broadfield estate in Leyland.

Deborah Whittle, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to spend 196 days in prison after she pleaded guilty to breaching a court order for the fifth time.

The order, issued in April last year, bans the 46-year-old from entering the Broadfield estate after residents repeatedly reported drunken and threatening disturbance.

It also prevents Whittle from causing harassment or distress to any person on the estate as well as using or encouraging others to use violence.

Upon sentencing, District Judge Anson said: “You are a drain on the residents of Broadfield and a drain on the resources of the housing association, and the court is exhausted by your activities.

“I find that you continue to cause distress and concern to residents of the Broadfield estate and that the housing association is being put under great expense by these repeated breaches and court hearings.”

Gary Melia, Operations Director for Progress Housing Group, said: “Anti-social behaviour can have a real impact on people’s quality of life.

“Deborah Whittle has been given numerous chances to curb her behaviour but has failed to comply.

“This is a significant result for us and the local neighbourhood policing teams as it sends out a clear message that we will take action against those who make other resident’s lives a misery.

The injunction against Whittle will continue to run until April 2, 2013, and sets to out several conditions aimed at curbing her anti-social behaviour.