Woman, aged 82, in affray drama

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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AN 82-year-old woman has admitted affray after an incident in which she threatened her neighbour.

Patricia Elkin had originally faced an allegation of wounding with intent to do her neighbour grievous bodily harm.

She had been due to face a trial on that charge, when the prosecution changed the charge to one of affray.

She appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to that offence.

Elkin, of Linden Avenue, Cleveleys, faces sentencing next month.

She admitted using or threatening unlawful violence towards her neighbour on April 18 last year.

Andrew Long, prosecuting, said it was an unusual case.

“The proposed plea was carefully considered,” he told the court.

“I’m pleased so say all are of the view it represents a satisfactory compromise and hopefully will mean the end of this long running episode.

“A year has now gone by in which there had been no further similar events.”

Chris Hudson, defending, said the charge was a reasonable compromise in the case .

He asked for the matter to be adjourned so that a pre-sentence report could be compiled on the woman by the Probation Service.

“I concede all sentencing options remain open”, said Mr Hudson.

Elkin was bailed to the sentencing date next month.

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