ASBOs issued to trio after public outcry

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POLICE and council officers have vowed to continue their crackdown on anti-social behaviour after three Wiganers were handed ASBOs.

As a result of numerous complaints lodged by residents, Lisa Unsworth, 30, of Pryce Avenue, Ince, brother Dennis Unsworth, 30, and Damien McKeown, 30, both of no fixed abode, appeared at Wigan Magistrates last month.

Each was found guilty of drunk and disorderly behaviour and criminal damage and were served with two year anti-social behaviour orders.

Insp Glen Jones of Greater Manchester Police, said: “It is people like this that make it difficult for local residents to live normal, happy lives.

“I would encourage members of the community to report such matters so that together we can tackle the minority who wreck people’s lives.”

The orders prevent the trio from using threatening, abusive or insulting language or behaviour within sight or hearing distance of anyone within Pryce Avenue. Mr Unsworth and Mr McKeown are banned from contacting witnesses.

The behaviour of the three, which included homophobic abuse, caused residents to contact the council’s safer environment team.

Director of environment, Terry Dunn, said: “This is the second successful prosecution of anti-social behaviour in recent weeks. It demonstrates our commitment to providing a safe environment for our residents.

“We will not tolerate intimidation or discrimination in any form. These orders will prevent them from further anti-social behaviour. Should they refuse to follow the rules, they could face up to five years imprisonment, an unlimited fine or both.”

Earlier this month the Evening Post reported that latest figures show that more than 1,000 anti-social behaviour incidents are logged by police in the borough each month.

But the numbers fell by more than 3,000 in 2012 compared to the previous year.

Coun Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for communities, said: “Nobody should have to feel vulnerable walking around their own streets.

“With the help of the police, the council will continue to make sure that this isn’t the case.”