An Croydon mum-of-three swore at her “terrified” children before biting police officers trying to detain her.
The woman, a 40-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, assaulted and verbally abused four Met officers after being found to be “off her head” drunk in charge of three children on an empty bus late on May 29 earlier this year.
She appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court to be sentenced on Tuesday (September 7) having earlier pleaded guilty to four counts of assaulting an emergency worker and a single count of being drunk in charge of a child under the age of seven.
The court heard that an off-duty police officer boarded an “empty” 466 bus from New Addington police station heading towards East Croydon at around 10pm.
His attention was drawn to what he initially thought to be a group of “rowdy teenagers” towards the rear of the vehicle, but instead he spotted a woman who “who was with three children who appeared to be under the age of nine”.
The female was sat with her back to the officer, but the three children were sat opposite and facing towards his direction.
He described one as having a phone “held tight to his ear” and all three as looking “terrified”.
The woman was shouting and swearing, with her speech “slurred and her movement unsteady”. The officer said it seemed as if she was under the influence of alcohol.
Having grown concerned, the officer called 999.
However, while speaking to the operator over the phone, he heard the woman continuing to shout and tell the children to “shut the f*** up”.
She was also laughing with a friend, who was towards the front of the bus, about potentially being arrested for being drunk in charge of children.
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Officers arrived when the bus stopped at East Croydon station.
Having been arrested, she became verbally and physically aggressive as officers tried to place her into a police van and take her into custody.
One officer was kicked in the thigh while trying to detain the woman, leading her to being further arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.
While in custody, she again kicked a detention officer in the leg and clawed at the arm of a second officer trying to search her.
She also bit the index finger of a detention officer during the ordeal.
In an impact statement, one of the officers described the behaviour as “disgusting”.
A District Judge told the court that the woman was “off her head” while in charge of the children, but she avoided a custodial sentence on Tuesday.
Instead, she was sentenced to a 12-month community order in which she must complete 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
She was also ordered to undergo an Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement order in which she must not consume any alcohol.
Compensation of £200 towards two of the officers who suffered minor injuries must also be paid.
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