Woman jailed after biting police officer
AYOUNG woman who bit and kicked a police officer in A&E has been jailed for 26 weeks.
Alison Frost, of Macclesfield, admitted attacking and verbally abusing the policewoman at Stepping Hill Hospital in November last year.
A court heard how the 19-year-old had been arrested in connection with an assault at Cheadle Hulme rail station, but then became ill and was taken by ambulance to hospital for treatment.
But when Frost arrived at A&E, she became abusive towards the British Transport Police officer and started shouting and swearing.
She then started to abuse hospital staff, and was taken to a side room where she attempted to attack the officer, kicking her and making threats towards her family.
As the officer attempted to restrain Frost, she was bitten on the arm and had to call for assistance.
Hospital security staff responded and a doctor declared Frost fit to be taken into custody.
Frost, of Warwick Road, pleaded guilty to assault- ing a police officer and a public order offence at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, February 13.
She was also ordered to pay the officer £75 compensation and £115 in court costs.
Speaking after the case, Sgt Pete Wilcock from British Transport Police said Frost’s actions were unacceptable and that no officer should be subjected to treatment like that.
He said: “Abuse and violence towards the public or police officers will not be tolerated.
“Frost’s behaviour caused hospital staff to feel intimidated and fearful and it upset other patients waiting for treatment.
“The officer herself was not only verbally abused and physically attacked, but threats were made to her family. This is not acceptable. It is not simply ‘part of the job’ and will not be tolerated. Officers should not have to put up with treatment like this.
“Frost’s sentence reflects the severity of her actions and reinforces the message that attacks like this will always be dealt with severely. And we will do everything in our power to bring those responsible to justice.”