ASBO for man who harassed neighbours

TERROR: Lionel Hawke (25) has been slapped with a two-year ASBO. (s)
TERROR: Lionel Hawke (25) has been slapped with a two-year ASBO. (s)

A BURNLEY man with significant mental health problems has been slapped with an ASBO for terrorising a community.

Lionel Hawke (25) caused an 18-month spate of anti-social behaviour which saw him harassing neighbours, intimidating residents in Rosehill and even assaulting a police officer.

But Hawke, of Healey Wood Road, was given a two-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order by Reedley magistrates banning him from carrying any accelerants including lighters, gas and matches used to light fires.

Under the order he is also prohibited from entering parts of Rosehill and Burnley Wood.

Hawke had been given an interim ASBO by the courts last week, but within hours he had breached it when officers found him with a lighter.

Reedley Magistrates’ Court was told that the ASBO application, made by Burnley Community Safety Partnership, was preventative not punitive.

The court heard that the order was necessary to protect neighbours and the community from his behaviour which had worsened over the past 18 months.

Magistrates imposed a two-year order on Hawke who could face jail if he breaks any of the conditions.

Speaking after the hearing PC Adam Gordon, of Burnley Police, said: “Hawke has become extremely disruptive to the local community. He has threatened members of the public and caused numerous problems for residents living in the Rosehill area. His violent and aggressive behaviour has left local residents in fear with many too afraid to report incidents to the police. This ASBO will afford them much needed protection from his behaviour.”