Mum kicked and shouted at police officers

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A WOMAN kicked out at two Wigan police officers while hurling a barrage of obscene abuse, a court was told.

Officers had been called to the Leigh home of Joanne Green earlier this year to reports that one of her children was playing outside naked.

The 29-year-old was found inside asleep on the sofa and the attending officers were later subjected to a stream of verbal abuse. One was kicked in the groin while another was struck in the shin.

Green, who has since moved to Park Lane, Eccles, received a six-month community order with a six month supervision requirement at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court this week. She pleaded to assaulting the two officers.

The mother of four was also ordered to attend 10 sessions of a women’s reform programme and pay compensation to the police officers, £150 and £50 respectively, plus a £50 victim surcharge.

It was heard from the prosecution that police had been called to the house after concern was raised about the welfare of the two-year-old child in the garden.

But when officers arrived, the child was in its pyjamas and was ready for bed although a nine-year-old was found outside.

It was heard the defendant was found asleep on the settee. The officers thought she was drunk and explained the concerns about the two-year-old child.

She was aggressive and the children’s maternal grandmother was called to the address. The defendant continued to be abusive to the officers and at 9pm the grandmother arrived.

The officers had to warn the defendant several times for her aggressive behaviour and threatening language and she was told she may be arrested for breach of the peace. Once the officers decided to handcuff Green, she kicked out at both of them while shouting abuse, the court heard.

It was heard from the defence that Green had lashed out at them and she realised it was wrong.

Presiding Magistrate Fred Disley said: “I hope you realise that the police officers attended because of the concern for your children and nothing else.

“The evidence that you lashed out at them is irresponsible to say the least. And the language you used in front of the children was inappropriate.

“I know that four children can be a handful but please be aware of where they are at all times.”