Whittle was arrested for breaching the injunction when she entered the Broadfield estate on Saturday 5 May 2012. The Police immediately informed New Progress Housing Association, which obtained the injunction against Whittle, of the arrest. New Progress Housing operates an out-of-hours tenancy enforcement service, which enabled the organisation to act swiftly and apply for an immediate court hearing. Despite the arrest occurring on a Saturday, the court hearing took place the same day. District Judge Michael Turner met with New Progress Housing’s Tenancy Enforcement Manager at Leyland Police Station and Whittle was awarded a 28 day imprisonment suspended for two years.
District Judge Michael Turner told Whittle: “The court will not shirk its responsibility of allowing residents to live in peaceful communities. The reality is this, Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions are to be complied with and you run the risk of imprisonment for breaching this order and being in contempt of court. You are on borrowed time if you breach this order again.”
Bernie Keenan, Managing Director New Progress Housing Association, said: “This is an important result for the local community. It will reassure local residents that we are working hard around the clock with our partners to ensure that the unacceptable behaviour of the minority does not affect the quality of life in our communities.”
New Progress Housing Association obtained an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction (ASBI) with the Power of Arrest against Deborah Whittle at Preston County Court in April 2012. The Association, working in partnership with the Broadfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, sought the injunction after reports from residents of drunken and threatening disturbances.
The injunction, which lasts until 2 April 2014, sets out several conditions aimed at curbing the anti-social behaviour of Whittle. It forbids Whittle from:
• entering the Broadfield estate in Leyland
• causing harassment, alarm or distress to any person
• using violence or encouraging others to use violence
• inciting or encouraging others to engage in anti-social behaviour
If Whittle enters the Broadfield estate she can be arrested and sent to prison for breaching her Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction.
Residents are encouraged to phone the Police on 101 or New Progress Housing Association on 01772 450600 if they see Whittle on the Broadfield estate.