Woman jailed for stab threat to Leeds betting shop staff

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A WOMAN who threatened betting shop staff with a knife before demanding a cigarette has been jailed.

A court heard Alison Oliver, 42, was drunk and high on drugs when she went into the Betfred shop in Holbeck and pointed a butter knife at an employee and said: “I will stab you if you do not give me a smoke.”

In a separate incident Oliver threatened housing officers with a fire extinguisher before using it to cause damage to the inside of her home. Oliver then went outside the property on Recreation Mount, Holbeck, and discharged white powder from the fire extinguisher over the officer’s car. She also racially abused a police officer when she was arrested and taken into custody.

Leeds Crown Court heard Oliver carried out the damage with the fire extinguisher when two housing support workers went to visit her on July 14 this year.

The offence at the betting shop, on Top Moor Side, took place on October 14. When police arrived she told the officers she wanted top be arrested and taken into custody as she needed help. Oliver pleaded guilty to attempted criminal damage, threatening to cause criminal damage, racially aggravated threatening behaviour and affray.

Graham Parkin, mitigating, said Oliver had long-standing problems with alcohol and drugs and wanted to receive a prison sentence so she could continue to receive help.

She was jailed for 22 months. Judge Christopher Batty told Oliver: “How very sad it is that you only want to be in custody and at the moment you do not feel able to function in the outside world.

“You have got significant issues with your mental health and abuse of alcohol. When you are heavily in drink your behaviour is, I’m afraid, terrible. It is extremely anti-social and extremely unpleasant for those who have to witness it.”

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