ASBO for yob who made Gannow residents’ lives a misery

ASBO: Jason Gorton, of Girvan Grove (s)
ASBO: Jason Gorton, of Girvan Grove (s)

An anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) has been issued to a man who left residents in Burnley feeling threatened and intimidated.

Jason Gorton (37), of Girvan Grove, had the two-year order granted against him by Burnley magistrates, after frightening people in the Gannow area of town.

Gorton was responsible for a catalogue of incidents including drunken behaviour, abuse towards residents, shop keepers and police officers and damage.

Despite failing to turn up at court, officers managed to track him down and serve him with the order.

Community beat manager PC Michelle Horne 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 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.”

Coun. Shah Hussain, Burnley Council’s Executive member for community services, said: “We have a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour and hope this order being granted reinforces this message to residents.

“People have a right to live in safe communities, and we will continue to work closely with the police to reduce anti-social behaviour in Burnley.”

The order will remain in place until August 22nd 2014. It will prevent Gorton from acting in a manner likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, entering the boundary of any residential property without previously having obtained permission from the owner of that property within the Burnley Council area, entering a defined area within the Gannow area of Burnley, and being drunk or consuming alcohol in a public place in the Burnley Council area.

To report an ASBO breach contact Burnley Police on 101.