‘Panic attack’ woman flees courtroom

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A woman had a panic attack and fled from court as magistrates were deciding what sentence to impose on her for having a knife.

Beverley Jones, who returned to court the next day, avoided being sent to prison.

Jones, 46, of Dickson Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to possessing a knife in public

She was sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, put on one year’s supervision and fined £25 with £85 costs plus £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Peter Cave, defending, said his client had significant mental health issues and at the time of the offence she had run out of her medication.

Jones had previously left the court in panic when JPs were considering what sentence to give her, but she voluntarily surrendered herself the following day.