Readers show support for former vagrant Terry

Changing times: Terry in Preston city centre

Changing times: Terry in Preston city centre

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Online readers have shared a huge wave of support for a notorious former addict who has turned his life around.

Terrence Ashcroft was once branded ‘Toxic Terry’ after he received an anti-social behaviour order after he was caught drinking petrol and sniffing glue in Preston.

He was banned from petrol stations and making nuisance 999 calls under the order.

However, he told the Evening Post on Saturday how, at 43, he is striving to turn his life around, after he gave up solvents six years ago and started attending church.

He has recently completed a computer course and is looking for a job.

The story was read by more than 40,000 people at our website lep.co.uk over the weekend and attracted 380 shares and almost 1,000 ‘likes’ on our Facebook page.

Dozens more shared their comments on the story, the majority of them applauding Terry’s efforts to reform.

Howard Lees wrote: “Thousands took the time to call him and take the mickey (myself included).

“Hope they all now take the time now if they see him to congratulate him and tell him how well he’s done. Well done Terry.”

Natasha Mary added: What a fantastic story and well done Terry. Good luck with everything you do; it must have took a lot of courage and strength to overcome what you have experienced. Keep it up.”

Del Ormerod said: “Many people don’t give people like Terry a chance.

“Suggest they look in the mirror – this lad proved you were wrong. Well done lad.”

And Janet Hill added: “Well done Terry. I remember seeing you and wondering how you reach that state. Hope you have a good future.”