A WOMAN appeared in court after being charged with being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer.

Olivia Grace Carr faced a judge a South Cumbria Magistrates' Court and pleaded guilty to both charges.

The 23-year-old was said to have been drinking on Barrows' Cavendish Street with her friend on September 1.

The defendant was said to have become agitated after her friend was apprehended by police officer PC Graham.

It happened at around 2am, the court heard.

Prosecutor Glen Anderton told the court: "The defendant was refusing to move away from the front door of a club.

"Her friend was becoming verbally abusive towards the officer.

"That caused the defendant to become very agitated. She threatened suicide.

"It would appear she ran towards PC Graham and scratched the hand of the officer, causing a bruise.

"It was sore for two or three days."

In her defence, it was said he had previously struggled with issues relating to alcohol consumption and mental health.

Representing her, Trystan Roberts said: "The defendant had been trying to get to her friend."

He said Carr had often struggled with social isolation being away from her family and had been visiting Women's Community Matters almost every day.

She was also said to have been attending appointments with the Unity substance abuse recovery service.

Mr Roberts added: "She is staying away from the alcohol, which seems to be the catalyst for her behaviour."

The defendant was ordered to pay £100 in compensation to the police officer.

She was also told to pay £90 towards victim services and £85 in prosecution costs for bringing the case to court.

Judge Gerald Chalk also sentenced Carr to a curfew keeping her inside her house between the hours of 8pm and 6am for the next six weeks.

Her curfew is due to start on January 6 to allow her to travel to Scotland to see her family and friends over Christmas.

Judge Chalk told: "You drank a lot of alcohol and assaulted a police officer doing her duty."

He added: "I'm not going to stop you having a break in Scotland with your family and friends."