Curfew for spitting in PC’s face

Gavel and scales
Gavel and scales

A ‘talented seamstress’ from Mansfield avoided being sent to prison after spitting in a police constable’s face.

Officers spotted Georgina Bancroft under the influence of drink and with blood on her hand and on a nearby car, after receiving complaints about vandalism on 17th November last year, Mansfield Magistrates Court heard.

District Judge Diana Baker said: “They followed her and saw that she was kicking out at cars and swearing at them. Her behaviour was very disorderly. When she was loaded into the van she threw her head back and spat at the PC full in the face.”

Georgina May Bancroft (18) of Holmesfield Walk, Mansfield, initially denied assaulting PC Youd, but changed her plea.

Mitigating, Yvonne Wragg said: “She is very disgusted by her actions and remorseful for what she has done. She knows she shouldn’t have done it.” She said Bancroft was bruised during her arrest and had retaliated.

District Judge Diana Baker said: “If you struggle with police officers you can get bruised. You behaved appallingly. The officer has to wait for months to see if he has contracted hepatitis or HIV.”

She described Bancroft as ‘a very talented seamstress’ who had shown examples of her clothing in the court. She said: “I know Georgina Bancroft and I know she knows that is totally unacceptable.” She was sentenced to 14 weeks, suspended for 12 months. She was ordered to abide by an 8pm to 6am curfew. She must pay a victim surcharge of £80, costs of £85 and compensation of £100.