Kendal woman warned about her future behaviour as she pleads guilty to assaulting constable

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A KENDAL woman who pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting a constable has been warned about her future behaviour by a judge.

Charlotte Sorrenson, 20, of Low Mead, pleaded guilty to the charges when she appeared at South Lakeland Magistrates’ Court, but maintained that she did not intend to strike the police officers involved.

The court was told that Sorrenson was restrained and taken to the ground by police, who said she had ‘tried to get in the way’ of them while they were arresting her boyfriend, Ryan Brennand, who had run away from them in Ashleigh Road during an incident on December 20.

Police had been called by residents who had heard ‘a verbal altercation’ between Brennand and Sorrenson.

Brennand ran from police and was pursued down the street by officers and found hiding behind a garage.

In mitigation, Jackie Partington said: “She denies intentionally kicking officers but she does accept that she struggled after being detained because there were quite a few officers on top of her.

“She was upset because she had seen her boyfriend being arrested having been injured when police performed a leg sweep and a blow to his mouth as a pre-emptive strike.”

District Judge Gerald Chalk said: “There was a time when any assault on a police officer would result in a prison sentence. I am not sending you to prison, but you must understand that the police takes a very serious view on any assault on a police officer. They have a hard enough job as it is.”

Sorrenson was given a five-week curfew, from 8pm until 6am, and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the officers and costs of £160.

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