Pair preyed on old men

Tracy Halliday and below, Lesley Bennett
Tracy Halliday and below, Lesley Bennett

Two Chorley women who preyed on vulnerable old men - sometimes offering sexual favours for cash - have been banned from sheltered housing by a court.

The women - Tracy Halliday, 40, of Chester Place, Adlington, and Lesley Bennett, 36, of Ashby Street, Chorley - are said to have targeted up to 40 elderly victims, some with dementia.

Lesley Bennett

Lesley Bennett

Police gathered a catalogue of evidence to show the two 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.

They also offered sexual services for money.

Anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) were granted against Halliday and Bennett at Chorley Magistrates’ Court.

The orders state that they 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 Insp David Robinson said: “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.

“The victims in this instance were generally elderly men who were often living alone with physical disabilities or struggling with dementia issues.

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

“Our officers have been working with other agencies to provide support to these victims and will continue to do so.”

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