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Millom Police Community Support Officer found guilty of assault

A DRUNKEN Police Community Support Officer caught up in a nightclub brawl has been found guilty of assault.

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

Lorna Brookes, of Settle Street, Millom, stood trial at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday accused of attacking a woman in a nightclub.

The incident took place after midnight on February 17 in the ladies toilets of Reflections, in St George’s Terrace, Millom, after a dispute between two groups of women turned violent.

Brookes, who has been a PCSO for four-and-a-half years, grabbed Caroline Leonard causing bruising to her arm, and dragged her to the floor.

Chief magistrate Mrs Mandy Marshall told Brookes the court considered her to be “significantly impaired” after drinking six vodkas and two or three bottles of beer.

Ms Leonard and her friend Yvette Haston told the court they went to the toilets where a friend of the defendant, Melissa Graham, was stood by the mirror.

She said the pair entered a cubicle, closing the door, and when they exited Brookes was stood talking to Ms Graham.

Mrs Vicki Atkinson, prosecuting, said Brookes called Ms Leonard and Ms Haston an offensive name.

Giving evidence, Ms Leonard said: “We went to walk past and that’s when Lorna started shouting. I wasn’t jumping to any conclusions and I asked her if that was directed at us. She said yes, and when I asked why she said because we had been picking on Millie (Ms Graham).”

The violence is said to have begun when a friend of Brookes, Samantha Sharp, came into the toilets and tried to punch Ms Haston.

The prosecution said Ms Haston retaliated, and Ms Leonard stepped between the pair to break up the fight before being attacked by Brookes.

The attack was reported to police the following day and Brookes was arrested.

Ms Lucy Wright, defending, said Brookes had been trying to pull the woman apart to stop the fight.

Delivering the bench’s guilty verdict, Mrs Marshall said the court was confident Brookes had not been trying to defend Ms Graham or prevent a crime. Brookes will be sentenced on May 23.

After the court hearing, a spokeswoman from Cumbria police said: “PCSO Lorna Brookes is suspended from duty after alleged gross misconduct in February 2013. She will remain suspended pending the result of an internal investigation.”

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She will remain suspended pending the result of an internal investigation,,, at the tax payer expence no dought. discusting, maybe she needs to grow up before putting on a uniform with that much responsibility

Posted by Millom born and bred on 15 May 2013 at 20:07

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