Man in ‘rat’ insult breaks court order

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A Coppull man has been handed a suspended jail term after calling a woman a ‘rat’ in a supermarket.

Michael Harris, 23, of Birchwood Drive, Coppull was given a three-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months after breaching a court injunction obtained by Chorley Community Housing.  

The injunction order was originally made in September 2011 after a woman reported that Harris had threatened to “smash her face in” and grabbed her by the hair.

The order banned Harris from approaching the woman and from entering an area of Longfield Avenue in Coppull.

In March 2012 Harris approached the woman in the local Spar. He swore at her and called her a “rat”.

In court he denied this, but the judge found the incident was proved and said that Harris had shown a, “wilful disregard to the injunction”.

On another occasion Harris was found at an address in Longfield Avenue by the police.

Harris was made the subject of a further injunction order which lasts until September 2013.

Chorley Community Housing’s Tenancy Enforcement Officer Selena Leeming said: “The witness in this case was really brave and stood up to someone who has been reportedly causing problems around Longfield Avenue for some time.

“The injunction order has been extended and this means Harris cannot go onto Longfield Avenue until September 2013.

“If he does, then this should be reported to the police”.