Flats ASBO ‘nuisance’ is jailed

Tracey Garside who has been imprisoned for four months after breaching an ASBO

Tracey Garside who has been imprisoned for four months after breaching an ASBO

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A HOMELESS woman who constantly disrupted residents has been imprisoned.

Tracey Garside, 32, of no fixed abode, had already been prevented from entering Morris House and any of the multi-storey blocks in Scholes after being slapped with an Anti-Social Behaviour Order last October.

She was found guilty of breaching the injunction at Wigan Magistrates’ Court and sentenced to four months in prison.

Garside, pictured, was known for verbally abusing residents and using the communal areas for sleeping and drug taking. She was found to be in breach of the order on numerous occasions but Wigan and Leigh Housing staff continued to work with residents, the police and the court to prevent her entering the buildings. Neil Turner, chairman of Wigan and Leigh Housing’s Board said: “As a company we manage some 22,700 dwellings owned by Wigan Council.

“Many of our tenants enjoy living in good neighbourhoods where crime and anti-social behaviour is rarely a problem.

“Over the last few years we have worked hard to improve our approach to dealing with anti social behaviour. “This case is the latest in a string of successful legal actions.

“It is a good result for our tenants whose lives have been badly disrupted by Tracey Garside’s anti-social behaviour and I thank the tenants for their help in winning this case.”

Wigan and Leigh Housing has more than 100 people banned from the social housing waiting list because of bad behaviour or rent arrears.

The Arms-Length-Management-Organisation (ALMO) has successfully prosecuted other perpetrators who have breached ASBOS.

Mr Turner added: “This case shows we are taking a very tough stance on anti-social behaviour. Tracey Garside is now banned from the housing waiting list. So my message is simple behave or else face the consequences, and this can mean prison.”