Offender told to spend time with police

A TEENAGE girl who repeatedly assaulted police officers may be forced to spend time with police as part of her punishment.The girl, who is 15 and cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before a youth court in Ipswich on Thursday charged with breaching a restraining order and two counts of assaulting a police officer.

A TEENAGE girl who repeatedly assaulted police officers may be forced to spend time with police as part of her punishment.

The girl, who is 15 and cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before a youth court in Ipswich on Thursday charged with breaching a restraining order and two counts of assaulting a police officer.

David Taylor, prosecuting, told the court the girl, who is from Ipswich, had broken one of two restraining orders that had been imposed in September.

Part of one of those orders banned the girl from entering Bantoft Terrace, Ipswich, where an elderly couple she had admitted harassing lived.

But, Mr Taylor said, she had been spotted in that road on October 10 and was subsequently arrested on October 17.

Two police officers saw the girl in Ipswich town centre on October 17 and arrested her for breaching the order.

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"She was abusive and aggressive to the officers, she said she would hit them," said Mr Taylor.

He then told how the girl had stamped on the foot of one officer and kicked the shin of the other.

"I have to say this is standard behaviour for her, she does not take kindly to police officers talking to her. It seems every time police speak to her she is reacting in this way and they want it to stop," said Mr Taylor.

The girl admitted all three offences and in mitigation Mark Holt said although she had gone to Bantoft Terrace, she had not gone to her former victim's home and it was not a serious breach.

"It was the very lower end because there was no directed threat and had he not been at his window at the time he'd be none the wiser," he said.

Of the assaults to the two police officers, and the girl's previous convictions for the same offence, he said: "It has always been her lashing out and not wanting to be arrested.

"She has always admitted her guilt in these matters."

The girl also told the court her dislike of police officers resulted from her witnessing arrests as a child. She also said she wanted to complete her education and train to work as a paramedic.

Despite the magistrates at the September hearing telling the girl that breaking even one part of her sentence would be likely to result in a custodial term, the court told her they wanted to impose a direct reparation order.

Reparation orders are designed to force the offender to repair some of the harm caused by them, either by working directly with their victim or within the community.

Magistrate Diana Hunt said in this case, she wanted to girl to be made to spend time with police.

"Somewhere along the line you have got to find a way to deal with your difficulties with police officers," she said.

"This is a young girl who wants to be a paramedic and she will therefore have to work with police and we want her to see a different side of the police."

A report must now be prepared into whether police are prepared to work with her and she will return to the court on Thursday when she will be sentenced.

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