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Woman who drunkenly assaulted police officers outside Woodford Station escapes jail sentence

PUBLISHED: 15:28 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:50 13 October 2017

South Woodford and Woodford Green pictures for wrap. Woodford station

South Woodford and Woodford Green pictures for wrap. Woodford station

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A 42-year-old woman who admitted assaulting three police officers and racially abusing another while drunk outside Woodford Station has been spared jail.

Jane Flack, of Conybury Close, Waltham Abbey, pleaded guilty to three charges of assaulting a constable, one charge of drunk and disorderly and one charge of racially aggravated intentional harassment at Barkingside Magistrates Court earlier today.

She was handed a 10 week prison sentence suspended for a year, and ordered to attend three months of rehab for alcoholism.

At around 1.40am on Saturday, August 12, Flack was approached by three police officers while drunk outside Woodford Station in Snakes Lane, Woodford Green.

When asked to leave the area, she became aggressive, prompting officers to arrest her – during which she kicked out at two of them.

The hairdresser, who was described as “snarling”, also bit the third Pc’s hand while being loaded into the back of a police van.

Paul Nagle, prosecuting, also read a witness statement from a fourth Pc, in which he described encountering Flack at Ilford Police Station later that night.

A still-drunk Flack turned to him and said, “what are you looking at?” before using a racist term for Pakistanis.

“I know that in my line of work I will ocassionally be verbally assaulted, but I will not accept being racially abused,” the policeman said.

“Aside from this, neither myself nor my family originate from Pakistan.”

The court heard that Flack, who sobbed in the dock throughout proceedings, had three previous convictions for assaulting police officers while drunk and disorderly, dating back to 2012.

But Flack’s defence lawyer argued that the last five years of her client’s life had been blighted by alcoholism.

She said: “All the offences committed in that time have come about as a result of binge drinking, where Ms Flack did not even know where she was.”

Passing sentence, the chief magistrate told Flack: “All I can ask is that you take note of the requirements asked of you and make sure you meet them or you may be called back to court.

“I hope that the alcohol treatment works, and that it helps you.”


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