We hope he never gets out of jail

Fam­ily’s de­spair as cold-blooded killer who stran­gled his wife be­fore butcher­ing her body faces pa­role

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY JOE THOMAS joe.thomas@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Visiter

THIS is the face of a sus­pected gang mem­ber jailed af­ter be­ing caught link­ing up with an as­so­ci­ate he was banned from con­tact­ing.

Paul Black­hurst was handed a gang in­junc­tion over con­cerns he was among a group of trou­ble­mak­ers be­hind vi­o­lence and drug deal­ing in Lither­land and Nether­ton.

He has now been locked up af­ter breach­ing the terms of that or­der.

Black­hurst was one of four peo­ple handed in­junc­tions in May fol­low­ing a po­lice probe into crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in South Sefton.

He was banned from parts of Lither­land as well as Mar­ion Square - ar­eas al­ready gov­erned by spe­cial pow­ers to com­bat anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

The 25-year-old was also for­bid­den from hav­ing deal­ings with a list of as­so­ciates un­der the terms of the in­junc­tion.

But af­ter be­ing handed a sus­pended prison sen­tence for en­ter­ing an area of Lither­land he was banned from, he was locked up for four months and seven days for con­tact­ing one of those as­so­ciates.

He is the lat­est man to be jailed for breach­ing a gang in­junc­tion - a type of civil or­der handed out at Liver­pool County Court in a bid to re­strict un­der­world and yob­bish ac­tiv­ity in ar­eas blighted by thugs.

By mak­ing breaches of the terms crim­i­nal of­fences, the or­ders are an at­tempt to crack­down on sus­pected gang mem­bers and any trou­ble be­lieved to be linked to them.

Since 2012 around 100 have been handed out on Mersey­side, with dozens thought to still be ac­tive.

Just last month pro­vi­sional in­junc­tions were handed to men sus­pected of hav­ing links to a spate of vi­o­lence across Boo­tle in 2018.

Mersey­side Po­lice

Paul Black­hurst, 25, jailed for breach­ing a gang in­junc­tion handed out in con­nec­tion with a probe into trou­ble in South Sefton

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