Drugs mum ‘uses kids as shield’

A MOTHER-of-six, who was caught with drugs in Hucknall while under a suspended prison-sentence, used her younger children as a “shield or weapon” against authority.

The 29-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons to protect the identities of the youngsters, was due to be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday.

But her case is complicated by the fact that she already has the suspended sentence hanging over her head for offences of child cruelty.

She must now wait to discover her fate until Monday August 22 when sentencing will be carried out.

Judge Andrew Hamilton said he needed “proper reports” from the probation service and social services.

The mother was sentenced last October to nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months, for five offences of child cruelty.

She was in breach by failing to keep probation appointments.

Judge Hamilton said she deliberately took her three-year-old with her so no work could be done with her by the probation service.

“She uses the children as a shield, a weapon against authority,” said the judge.

“Nursery care is available but she refuses to accept it.”

The judge wanted to know why staff at a new probation office she was transferred to had not specifically told her not to bring her child with her.

The judge also wanted to know if social services were aware the mother had been caught by the police with a small amount of amphetamine on Hucknall High Street in the early hours of a day in January.

Local residents had called the police to complain of a disturbance when a group of people left a pub.