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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Millom PCSO in attack ‘will lose job’, court hears

A POLICE Community Support Officer convicted of assault after a drunken nightclub brawl has been sentenced to 60 hours of unpaid work.

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SENTENCED Lorna Brookes leaves Furness Magistrates’ Court after an earlier hearing JON GRANGER REF:50047879B001

PCSO Lorna Brookes, of Settle Street, Millom, was also ordered to pay £50 compensation, a £60 victim surcharge and £400 in court costs within 28 days.

The 26-year-old also received a six-month ban from the Reflections nightclub in St George’s Terrace, where the attack took place.

Presiding magistrate Catherine Alexander, sentencing Brookes at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday, said: “The community can expect better behaviour from a PCSO.”

Brookes stood trial on May 7 and was found guilty of grabbing Caroline Leonard, causing bruising to her arm, during an altercation between two groups of women after midnight on February 17.

During the trial, the court heard Brookes had been “significantly impaired” after drinking six vodkas and two or three bottle of beer before the incident.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said at the sentencing: “The bench were satisfied that Brookes grabbed hold of Ms Leonard’s arm during the incident causing immediate pain.”

At the trial, the court heard Ms Leonard and her friend Yvette Haston were leaving the toilets when Brookes directed offensive remarks at them, resulting in an altercation.

A friend of Brookes then entered the toilet and attempted to punch Ms Haston, causing Ms Leonard to step between them to prevent further violence.

The defendant then grabbed Ms Leonard, who ended up on the floor.

At the sentencing Mrs Hine conceded Brookes was of good character and had no previous convictions or cautions.

Ms Kath McAteer, defending, said Brookes’s “instincts had taken over” and she had caused only “lesser harm” to Ms Leonard.

She said: “As for her personal situation, she has been suspended from her job while this case is going on, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

“Conviction will result in her losing her job and she will therefore have no income.”

Mrs Alexander told Brookes: “We accept that you are of previously good character but there are several aggravating factors.

“First of all this happened in a public place with other people there.

“You were under the influence of alcohol and the victim was not acting aggressively.”

A spokeswoman for Cumbria Police said: “The PCSO was suspended from duty on the basis of alleged gross misconduct in February 2013 following her arrest.

“She will remain suspended from duty subject to further internal disciplinary investigation.”

Have your say

To be honest she is not setting a good example for the community also this pcso must of provoked the girls leading to all this. People should not get involved if they do not know the full story to begin with.

Posted by Millommaster on 4 June 2013 at 01:05

Totally agree with Mr Main Event!!

Posted by Penolope on 30 May 2013 at 12:44

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