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Prison for Wembley woman who slapped rail staff and threatened to kill them

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A 19-year-old woman has been given a 14 month prison sentence after she slapped a member of rail staff in the face. 
 
Siti Awled of District Road, Wembley, appeared before Blackfriars Crown Court on 8 May where she pleaded guilty to the offence. 
 
On 9 October 2016, Awled arrived with two friends at Acton Town London Underground station. 
 
She had been speaking on the phone and threatening the person she was speaking to about how she was going to kill them and swearing. 
 
The group tried to make their way to the platform by barging through the barrier using one oyster card between them. 
 
A member of staff approached them and asked the remaining two to buy tickets and to stop swearing as there were children present. 
 
Awled became abusive and threatened the member of staff and slapped her in the face. 
 
One of Awled’s friends tried to grab her to stop her and was also slapped in the face. 
 
Awled then walked away, and as she did, staff asked her again to leave the station. She turned around to face staff members and waved a kitchen knife at them.
 
Again Awled’s friend jumped in to help the member of staff who Awled was threatening to stab and kill.  
 
Awled was wrestled down to the platform by her friends while staff retreated to the office. 
 
Awled eventually left the station and discarded the knife in a garden; she was arrested on a nearby road by BTP firearms officers.
 
DC Ross McAlpine said: “Everyone has the right to travel and work in a safe environment without fear or intimidation. This was a particular frightening experience for the staff who were working at the station at the time. 
 
“I hope Awled takes the time to reflect upon her actions and realises that behaviour like this will never be tolerated on the rail network and police officer will always do everything they can to ensure that people are not only safe where they work and travel, but that also feel safe.”
 
Notes to Editors:
Awled pleaded guilty to affray, possession of an offensive weapon and two counts of common assault. 
 
Awled was sentenced on 26 May at Blackfriars Crown Court.
 
She was given the following sentence:
 
10 months’ imprisonment in a young offender instiution for affray.
 
Four months’ imprisonment for possession of an offensive weapon.
 
Two months’ imprisonment for each assault – concurrent.
 

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