Burnley troublemaker ordered to behave
3:00pm Sunday 2nd September 2012 in News
A TROUBLEMAKER who caused havoc on the streets of a Burnley estate has been ordered to behave for two years.
Convicted burglar Jason Gorton, 37, was given a 24-month anti-social behaviour order after a catalogue of intimidating behaviour in front of shopkeepers and residents in Gannow.
Many residents were too afraid to come forward to confront Gorton until neighbourhood police began to build a case against the menace.
Under the terms of the ASBO Gorton must not harrass or cause alarm to anyone, or use offensive hand gestures, anywhere in the borough of Burnley.
And he cannot set foot inside any residential property without the express permission of the owner, or be caught drinking alcohol in a public place.
PC Michelle Horne, Gannow’s community beat manager, said: “People were very frightened of Gorton and were scared to come forward to report his behaviour.
“These residents are decent law-abiding people and they shouldn’t have to endure this type of disgraceful behaviour on their doorstep.
“I hope this order reassures them that we do take action to address anti social behaviour. It should also act as a warning to others that this type of behaviour is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Gorton previously had a 1999 conviction for targeting the old and frail during a series of domestic burglaries, for which he was jailed for three years.
Coun Shah Hussain, the borough’s community safety executive member, said: “We have a zero-tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour and we hope that this order being granted reinforces this message to our residents.”
If anyone sees Gorton breaking the terms of his ASBO they are urged to contact Lancashire Police on 101.