Thief slapped woman police officer and spat at sergeant

Burnley Police Station


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Story by Simon Evans 27th August 2020

A magistrates court heard Caraleigh Clarke, 28, of Florence Avenue, Burnley, Blackburne, slapped a female detention officer across the face and spat at a police sergeant that was trying to give her some friendly advice.

She pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker, a police detention officer, assaulting a police sergeant and shoplifting from Home Bargains and has been bailed for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Clarke was arrested for stealing washing tablets worth £10 from Home Bargains and bailed to appear at court. She failed to appear and was arrested and taken to the police station.

When Clarke was taken in to custody the sergeant was trying to take her through the process, "she then became abusive and aggressive, she said she would come over the counter and strangle me and when the custody officer stepped towards her she slapped her across the face ," said Mr Bonney.

A month later Clarke was back in the police station, again she was again being verbally abusive, the custody sergeant went to her cell and gave her some advice about her language and her behaviour.

"Clarke rushed towards me and I pushed her back, she ran at me again and spat at me ," said Mr Bonney. "

The case continues!...

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