Woman preys on poorly OAP

JAILED: Deborah Whittle (below) was sent to prison by magistrates in Leyland
JAILED: Deborah Whittle (below) was sent to prison by magistrates in Leyland
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A woman who hounded a poorly elderly man for money and cigarettes has been jailed for 84 days for breaching an anti social behaviour injunction (ASBI).

Deborah Whittle, 47, entered the vulnerable 69-year-old’s flat, despite being banned from the Broadfield estate in Leyland.

Deborah Whittle

Deborah Whittle

The victim, who is a tenant of New Progress Housing Association, alerted police after seeing her mugshot on flyers handed to residents.

It is thought to be the sixth time she has breached the order, which bans her from causing annoyance to a tenant, as well as entering a specified area, until April 2, 2014.

It was imposed after residents repeatedly reported drunken and threatening disturbance.

The police informed the housing association’s tenancy enforcement team and arrested Whittle at his flat.

Whittle, of no fixed abode, also verbally abused a police officer.

She admitted three breaches of her ASBO.

District Judge Rouine, sitting at Leyland Magistrates Court, said: “This is the latest event in various breaches of your injunction which was granted in April 2012. You have been found in the exclusion zone, you have used abusive language, and you have caused nuisance to another.

“It is a source of frustration and disappointment for me and I had hoped that you would organise your life away from the Leyland area but those hopes have been dashed. I hope you will take up the offer of help upon your release from prison to ensure that you do not go anywhere near the Broadfield area of Leyland from where you are forbidden.”

Bernie Keenan Executive Director of Housing, Community and Support Services for New Progress Housing Association, said: “We hope this sentence sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate repeated acts of anti-social behaviour.

“Behaviour that affects the peace and quiet of our tenants’ in their own homes is not acceptable and we will take whatever action is appropriate.”