Mum who bit police officer’s leg could face jail sentence

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A MOTHER who bit a police officer’s leg and kicked another while they tried to stop her head butting furniture has been warned by magistrates she could be facing a prison sentence.

Jacqueline Elizabeth Hawkins, 44, of Manham Hill, Eastfield, Scarborough, appeared before magistrates in Bridlington last Wednesday when she pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting a police constable in the execution of duty.

Prosecutor Sally Robinson told the court that the police attended an address on Gypsey Road, in Bridlington at 7.10pm on October 18 following reports of an argument.

When they went inside the property they found a man holding down a woman to stop her hurting herself, later identified to be Hawkins and her son.

“She was trying to bang her head on the kitchen cabinets. Officers reassured her they were not there to arrest her and tried to calm her down,” Mrs Robinson said.

But Hawkins started thrashing out with her arms and legs, forcing officers to restrain her for her own safety.

Hawkins spat at one of the officers and kicked him in the shin, as well as biting through the trousers of a second police constable.

Hawkins continued to lash out as she was put into the back of a police van, the court heard.

Magistrate David Smith adjourned the case for a report to be prepared by the Probation Service. Hawkins will re-appear before the court on November 27 for sentencing. She was granted unconditional bail.