Drunk woman who attacked police in 10am fracas avoids jail after ditching booze

A woman has dodged a jail sentence for drunkenly assaulting a police officer after claiming she's turned her back on alcohol.

Tania Whetham, 37, and two other men were found intoxicated when police received a report of a disturbance at a house in Bury, Greater Manchester, at 10am on February 12.

Magistrates heard Whetham had allegedly made a call to the police, but she became aggressive when the officers turned up at the house.

She had gone to the kitchen for the knife block but was stopped by officers who took her to the floor.

During the struggle, Whetham kicked at one of the officers and hit him in the back.

Fortunately no injuries were caused, according to Manchester Evening News .

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Gareth Hughes, prosecuting, said: "The police were hoping to take this defendant to an alternative place and alternative address.

"She seems to have overheard those discussions and assumed she was being sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

"This caused a reaction which made for the main part of the assault."

Whetham was arrested when other officers came to assist.

The prosecutor added: "She was carried to the police van and continues to be abusive, shouting and screaming once detained."

Whetham was said to have 20 previous offences of a similar nature in total, including previous assaults on police constables.

In mitigation, Bill Rawstron said Whetham has completely cut out alcohol and drugs after the first appearance at court the day after the incident.

Mr Rawstron said: "She presents today significantly better in terms of her physical characteristics. She has not drunk alcohol since that day.

"She has since moved back in with her elderly grandmother who does not abide by drinking.

"The situation was that she was homeless and was made an offer by the tenant of the property, and the police were called.

"That gentleman took advantage of her vulnerabilities, he would often ply her with vodka, make sexually inappropriate remarks and have that similar type of contact.

"She called the police that morning and they saw three people who were under the influence of alcohol at 10am."

Whetham had marks and bruises on her body, suggesting that she was subject to a physical attack.

Mr Rawstron added that Whetham went for the knife block to harm herself but not the officer.

"The defendant has said she wants her life back and wants an alcohol-free life," he said.

Whetham pleaded guilty to one charge of assault and emergency worker, and was given a 12-month community order and to complete 20 days of rehabilitation activity requirement.

She was also ordered to pay £100 fine, £50 compensation to the officer and £150 court costs.

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