Woman handbagged police officer as they arrested her partner

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A woman visitor handbagged a policeman in Blackpool after getting upset because her boyfriend was being arrested.

Mum-of-two, Gemma Pearson, clouted the officer on the side of his head with her bag and also kicked him.

I’m assaulting you, lock me up

Pearson, 30, of Sandringham Road, Cheadle Hulme, pleaded guilty to assault and possessing cannabis.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police got a call to go to the resort’s St Chad’s Hotel where a woman was said to have been assaulted on March 26 at 8pm.

Officer saw Pearson nearby covered in blood from a head injury.

The court was told that when her boyfriend was arrested, Pearson became distressed saying: “I’m assaulting you, lock me up.”

She then hit the officer with her bag and kicked him. When searched at the police station, two small wraps of cannabis were found on her.

Pearson had been given a caution by police on the condition she attended sessions at a women’s centre, but she did not go.

Leisa Splaine, defending, said her client, who had no previous convictions, had tried to intervene when her boyfriend and another man had a heated argument.

The court heard the man had picked her up and thrown her onto the floor, injuring her head.

Police trying to establish what had happened arrested her boyfriend and she got upset because he had done nothing.

Pearson was fined £80 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £50 compensation to the officer plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.