Yob lashed out and kicked police officer while being arrested

A Sunderland yob lashed out and kicked a police officer while being arrested causing him “unwanted pain and discomfort”.

Laura Metcalf, of Dene Street, Silksworth, resisted officers as she was put into the back of a police van on November 15..

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard police were called to an address in Sunderland where Metcalf was detained.

But, after struggling into the van, Metcalf kicked an officer in the hand.

Prosecutor Ian Martin said: “The defendant had been arrested and taken to the rear of the van.

“As the officer went to close the door the defendant has lashed out with their foot and connected with the officer’s left hand, causing unwanted pain and discomfort.”

Defending, Tom Morgan, said Metcalf has recently struggled with an alcohol problem.

He said: “The defendant’s been living at her mother’s address where she is engaging with rehab. She has been undertaking that for six weeks.

“She reports that she started drinking at a young age, but in the last years it’s been a problem.

“It’s aggravated when she’s arrested and the pain she feels when she has handcuffs on. She accepts that it’s not an excuse and she is sorry.”

The court heard the 33-year-old was in breach of a community order at the time of the offence after assaulting an emergency worker in August.

But, Mr Morgan said, Metcalf is showing a “willingness to deal with the problems that she has got”.

He added: “She is remorseful, she understands that what she has done is wrong, but I will ask you to take the view that some form of rehabilitation would be a sentencing exercise best used.”

Metcalf was handed a 24-month community order and ordered to pay £50 compensation to the police officer after pleading guilty to assaulting an emergency worker.

Chronicle Live – Sunderland