ASBOs for women who offered sex to vulnerable old men

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TWO women who exploited elderly men, some of whom had dementia, by offering sex and other services for cash, have been handed ASBOs.

Anti-social behaviour orders were granted against Tracy Halliday, 40, of Chester Place, Adlington, and Lesley Bennett, 36, of Ashby Street, Chorley, by magistrates on Thursday.

It comes after police and council officers gathered a catalogue of evidence to show that the pair had been responsible for stealing from and offering services to vulnerable members of the community, including taking inappropriate sums of money to assist with domestic chores such as shopping.

Police said they also offered sexual services for financial rewards.

Officers believe around 40 victims were targeted by the pair.

The orders state that Halliday and Bennett must not engage in any activity which amounts to the provision of, or offer to provide, any services for gain, either financial or otherwise, except for legitimate employment or business.

They are also banned from entering any sheltered housing complex or supported living accommodation, being in possession of a bank card, credit card or other identification belonging to another person, and acting in an anti-social behaviour in Chorley.

They must not enter any private residence in Chorley occupied by anyone other than a family member to provide services and they must not enter a private residence having been warned not to return by police.

Chorley inspector David Robinson said: “The victims in this instance were generally elderly men who were often living alone with physical disabilities or struggling with dementia issues.

“These women targeted some of the most vulnerable people in our community, exploiting them for their own financial gain.

“We hope that they will put a stop to them engaging in such behaviour as well send a warning to others that we take this issue extremely seriously.

“Obviously, where a criminal offence takes place, we will seek a criminal conviction wherever possible; however, because of a number of issues often linked to a victim’s vulnerability, this is not always possible.

“This approach provides us with a way to manage these individuals and protect some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”

The orders will remain in place until December 11, 2015.

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