A LEYLAND man is amongst six from across the North West to be given banning orders after gang and drug dealing convictions.
A judge at Liverpool County Court ordered Gang Injunction Orders against five of the six defendants that will be in place until November 2018.
The sixth defendant’s injunction remains on an interim basis until March 2017.
Haq Nawaz, 22, from Leyland is one of the four defendants who have been handed full orders.
Nawaz is currently serving a 32 month sentence at Preston Prison for drug offences following a house raid in Leyland where £29,000 of cocaine was discovered.
As well as Nawaz, three of the defendants who have been handed full orders are Dil Nawaz, 21, from Manchester, Aaron Hampson, 24, of no fixed address, and Fidel Hughes, 18, from Liverpool.
A fifth man, aged 38 from Preston, was also handed a full order however, as a result of his positive involvement with the probation service and his efforts to seek employment, he has not been named.
An interim injunction is in place on a sixth man, Abid Umar, 36, from Preston until a further hearing in March 2017.
The orders prohibit the six men from being in certain areas of Preston, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, associating with each other and a list of named people or engaging in abusive or intimidating conduct.
In addition they are forbidden from being in a motor vehicle with two or more other men in defined areas, wearing clothing to conceal their identity, being in possession of a knife or bladed article or firearm or drug related equipment.
Nawaz is prohibited from entering or being in the Preston area and being in a public place between the hours of 10pm and 6am within areas of Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.
Any breaches can result in him being given a prison sentence of up to two years and/or a fine.
Detective Chief Inspector Claire McEnery said: “These men were a blight on the lives of residents in Preston and in particular the Avenham and Fishwick areas.”
“These injunctions will provide reassurance to local residents, most of whom have been too afraid to come forward to us, that we will target individuals involved in this sort of behaviour.”