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Triple ASBO Action
Thursday 25th April, 2013

Three people found guilty of drunk and disorderly behaviour and criminal damage have been served anti-social behaviour orders.

Lisa Unsworth, 30, of Pryce Avenue and her brother, Dennis Unsworth, 30, of no fixed abode and Damien McKeown, 30, of no fixed abode, appeared at Wigan Magistrates Court last month after residents lodged numerous complaints.

Their behaviour, which included homophobic abuse, prompted residents to contact Wigan Council’s safer environment team who worked with Greater Manchester Police to bring the case to court.

The three have each been handed ASBOs lasting for two years. The orders prevent them from using threatening, abusive or insulting language or behaviour within sight or hearing distance of anyone within the Pryce Avenue, Ince area. In addition Dennis and Damien are banned from contacting the witnesses.

Terry Dunn, director of environment at Wigan Council, 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 shape or form. These orders will prevent the trio 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."

Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “This is a great result for the residents of and around Pryce Avenue, who were forced to endure this disgraceful behaviour for too long.

“Nobody should have to feel vulnerable walking around their own streets, and Wigan Council, with the help of the police, will continue to make sure that this isn’t the case. I would urge anyone who is suffering the same treatment to speak up and report the culprits.”

Inspector Glenn Jones at GMP said: “It is people like this that make it difficult for local residents to live normal, happy lives. This is a good example of when the police, local residents and the local authority work together to achieve positive results. I would always encourage members of the community to report such matters so that together we can tackle the minority who wreck people’s lives."

Examples of anti-social behaviour include loud or frequent noise disturbance, intimidation or harassment, vandalism and graffiti, drug and alcohol abuse, foul and abusive language, abusive or threatening behaviour, failure to control pets, domestic abuse, racial harassment and any other hate related behaviour.

To report anti-social behaviour, contact Wigan Council's Safer Environment on 01942 404364 or Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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