Nelson woman jailed for gang attack

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A WOMAN who took part in a gang attack on another woman and took her handbag has been locked up for three months.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Debbie Neagle had drink and drugs problems and was said to be a “complex” young woman with various needs.

Neagle, who has in the past been given an anti-social behaviour order, had a long record of almost 40 previous convictions going back seven years and which included violence, arson, burglary and theft.

The defendant (21), of West Street, Nelson, had been picked out by the victim and had then owned up to being involved in the melee and punching her. She had admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and theft, last July.

Mr Martin Hackett, for the defendant, said she had told him she would comply with any court order which would involve a non-custodial sentence. She was determined to rid herself of drugs and attended for her methadone prescription every day.

The barrister added: “She wishes to be allowed to retain her liberty today, so that she can comply with any order that the court imposes.”