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Clare Edwards assaulted police officers outside Bude nightclub

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

Clare Edwards assaulted police officers outside Bude nightclub

A WOMAN assaulted two police officers – biting one of them – in what a district judge described as "an extremely unpleasant incident" outside a Bude nightclub.

Clare Edwards had drunk five pints of lager and cider, nine or ten Jack Daniels' and a shot of Tequila before the October 6 attacks, Bodmin court heard on Thursday.

District Judge Nick Sanders told 24-year-old Edwards that she could have been sent to prison for the offences.

"Two police officers were doing their job and you've hurt them by your behaviour because you drank too much," he said.

Imposing a curfew on Edwards as part of a community order, Mr Sanders refused a request by Edwards' solicitor, Pat Haynes, that the curfew be lifted for a week in January to allow Edwards to go on a pre-booked holiday to France.

"This was a serious offence, I'm not prepared to alter it [the curfew] for a holiday," said Mr Sanders.

Edwards, of Swelle Piggery, Poundstock, had pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in The Strand, Bude, assaulting PCs Jeremy Theobold and David Flynn, as well as possession of cannabis.

Gail Hawkley, for the prosecution, said that on the night of October 6 Edwards had to be removed from Rogue nightclub due to her unruly behaviour. She struggled and swore outside and police had to be called.

As police tried to escort her away, her behaviour continued despite warnings from the officers. She pushed PC Theobald back, causing him to fall over and when she was taken to the ground she bit PC Flynn on the right leg, breaking the skin and causing an abrasion.

PC Flynn was also scratched by Edwards during the struggle and she kicked PC Theobald in the shin. The cannabis was found in her handbag.

Mr Haynes, for the defence, said that Edwards had drunk to excess.

She had been to a wedding in Morwenstow earlier that evening and was then dropped at the nightclub where her boyfriend works as a bouncer. He wasn't on duty that night but he was in the club and they argued. Door staff helped her to leave. The court was told that she could remember shouting and swearing but not the assaults.

Taking into account her prompt guilty pleas and no previous convictions, Mr Sanders imposed a 12-month community order on Edwards with supervision, a drug rehabilitation requirement and a female offender specified activity requirement.

She was put on a nightly curfew for the next four months and ordered to pay £150 compensation to each officer as well as £85 in prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.