University student kicked police in shins

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AN aspiring police forensics worker has been ordered to pay £300 compensation after she was found guilty of assaulting three police officers.

Student Jennifer Dale, 26, was judged guilty of the triple assault in her absence from Wigan Magistrates’ Court – despite her solicitor delivering a sick note on her behalf on the day the case was due to go to trial.

At a sentencing hearing the court heard how seven police armed with taser guns had stormed into a house after reports of a neighbourhood disturbance on October 16 last year.

Dale lashed out at Sgt Glenn Eccles, PC Paul Berry and PC Stuart Lossman as they tried to restrain a man deemed responsible for the fracas.

Jayne Kearsley, prosecuting, told how the drama unfolded at a house on Hope Street in Leigh at about 3.30am.

When a struggle ensued with a male suspect, Dale repeatedly kicked out at the police officers. The three officers who were worst affected were each left suffering soreness to their shins.

In interview, Dale, a carer with social services, offered no comment to all questions.

Dale’s defence solicitor said his client was simply caught in “the wrong place at the wrong time”.

He also told how Dale is currently at university studying biomedical science and has ambitions to join the police’s forensic science service in the future.

Magistrates also ordered Dale, of Beech Walk, Leigh, £100 costs and complete 150 hours of unpaid work.