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Troublemaker banned from Wigan town centre
Wednesday 4th September, 2013

A well-known troublemaker has had his ASBO extended to cover Wigan town centre after launching a string of anti-social attacks on the town.

In recent years, Mr James Carr, 52, of no fixed abode, has caused trouble in town centres across Greater Manchester, including Hindley, Swinley and Manchester – where an ASBO issued in May 2012 banned him from entering the city centre.

More recently, Mr Carr has been causing trouble in Wigan town centre - begging outside shops, harassing customers and behaving aggressively. He breached his ASBO three times and committed a public order incident. He was found guilty of these offences at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday 21 August.

As a result, Mr Carr was sentenced to 15 months in prison and had his ASBO varied to prohibit him from entering Wigan town centre and from begging in the borough. The order will remain in effect until 4pm on 21 May 2015.

Police Inspector Glenn Jones said: “This individual has caused untold misery to the community over a number of years, particularly to Wigan town centre and often believed he was above the law. Thanks to the efforts of the town centre policing team and Wigan Council this individual has now been removed from the streets. I would like to thank the community who have assisted greatly by providing information and statements to support GMP with this matter. I hope this case acts as a deterrent to others intent on acting in an anti-social manner and demonstrates that neither GMP, nor Wigan Council nor the wider community will tolerate such behaviour.”

Cllr Kevin Anderson, whose portfolio covers town centres and community safety, said: “Our safer environment team have been working extremely closely with Greater Manchester Police to bring this individual to justice once and for all. Their hard work has paid off and our town centre is now free of Mr Carr and his anti-social behaviour, which I’m sure will be music to the ears of many.”

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