'You were completely out of control': Drunk woman assaulted four police officers and two members of the public during violent street rampage in Morley

A woman assaulted members of the public before kicking and spitting at police officers during a drunken rampage in a street in Morley.

Friday, 22nd January 2021, 4:45 pm

Officers had to use spray to detain Clare Pickering after she committed six offences of assault during the incident on August 28 last year

Leeds Crown Court heard Pickering was drunk when she suddenly became aggressive towards a woman on Bridge Street.

Pickering was arguing with a man in the street when she approached the woman outside her home.

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Bridge Street, Morley

Elizabeth Noble, prosecuting, said Pickering said to the woman "why are you taking his side?" and "why are you letting him hurt me?"

The woman told Pickering she did not know what she was talking about and went to go inside her property.

Pickering then became aggressive and shouted abuse at the woman.

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The prosecutor said Pickering was wearing one flip flip and one trainer.

She kicked off the flip flop into the property then removed the trainer and tried to hit the man with it.

Pickering threw herself onto the floor in the living room and started screaming.

The victim ran outside to try to get help from passers-by.

Pickering got up and hit the woman in the arm and spat at her and her partner.

She then threw herself into the middle of the road and prevented traffic from passing.

Miss Noble said police attended and she struggled with officers as she was escorted to a vehicle.

She kicked one officer in the stomach and spat at another.

Pickering shouted homophobic abuse at the officers and called them "demons".

The defendant had to be kept under constant watch for two hours as she continued to scream and struggle with officers.

She spat at another officer and struck another in the arm.

Pickering, 34, of Beech Avenue, Peacock Estate, Wakefield, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating and four of assaulting an emergency worker.

Caroline Abrahams, mitigating, said Pickering pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage.

Ms Abrahams said the incident happened after Pickering drank alcohol while on anti-psychotic medication.

Pickering was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.

She was also ordered to take part in a nine-month alcohol treatment programme and complete 25 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

"I do not know whether I am doing the right thing or not.

"With incredible reservations I am going to take a chance on you.

"Frankly you do not deserve it.

"The behaviour you engaged in towards members of the public and the police was disgusting.

"You were completely out of control due to alcohol.

"You were kicking kicking at them and attempting to bite people during a pandemic. You richly deserve to go to prison today.

"But you have pleaded guilty. You have a difficult background and clearly have issues and mental health difficulties.

"It is clear that you and alcohol and the medication you are taking do not mix."