Coun­cil­lor as­saulted son af­ter fam­ily row

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ACOUNCILLOR has been or­dered to do un­paid work af­ter at­tack­ing her son.

Tracey Lorde, 45, who sits on Poyn­ton town coun­cil, as­saulted her 18-year-old son be­fore smash­ing his per­sonal be­long­ings af­ter a fam­ily row.

Hair­dresser Lorde, of Lon­don Road South, Poyn­ton, ad­mit­ted as­sault by beat­ing and crim­i­nal dam­age at Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates Court.

She was or­dered to com­plete 150 hours of un­paid work.

The court heard that Lorde is be­ing treated for al­co­holism. Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “The com­plainant said there had been a history of ver­bal al­ter­ca­tions but that his mother was never vi­o­lent.

“On De­cem­ber 7 he had told his mother he had got a new job and was mov­ing out. The de­fen­dant be­came ver­bally abu­sive and hit him on the back of the head with an open hand. She then fol­lowed him up­stairs to his room and smashed a mir­ror, be­fore try­ing to rip the TV off the wall. At 6.20pm [the vic­tim] called po­lice to re­port his mother was drunk and dam­ag­ing his property.

“When po­lice ar­rived they found Lorde to be ver­bally abu­sive and ag­gres­sive to­wards her son. She at­tempted to hit him but missed.”

The court heard that Lorde had re­cently re­turned home af­ter a hos­pi­tal detox to treat her al­co­holism.

Mrs Byrne said: “The de­fen­dant told po­lice that she had bought some presents for her son as a treat. She says he told her that he wouldn’t thank her for the presents. She con­sumed a bot­tle of wine and they be­gan to ar­gue. She told po­lice she was dev­as­tated by her ac­tions.”

Jenny Fields, de­fend­ing, said Lorde has per­sonal prob­lems, adding: “She is strug­gling but try­ing to get help.”

Sen­tenc­ing, chair of the bench of mag­is­trates, Denise Rankin, said: “This was a most un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion. Your son should be able to look to you for sup­port and pro­tec­tion not as some­one who could as­sault him and be ver­bally ag­gres­sive.”

Lorde runs a hair salon on School Lane, Poyn­ton.

She is a Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor who was elected in May to rep­re­sent Poyn­ton West ward.

In Septem­ber Lorde ad­mit­ted driv­ing while three times the limit with her chil­dren in the car.

Mag­is­trates banned Lorde from driv­ing for 26 months. She was also given a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der with 80 hours un­paid work.

●● Poyn­ton town coun­cil­lor Tracey Lorde

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