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Woman jailed for threatening to bottle security staff member during lockdown – Merseyside

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A woman who threatened a member of station security staff with a broken bottle after assaulting him, has been jailed following a British Transport Police investigation.

Donna Marie Williams, aged 52, of Mount Grove Place, Oxton, Wirral, was one of a drunken group travelling on a train at West Kirby on Sunday, April 5.

She pleaded guilty to threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place and assault by beating at Wirral Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, May 6.
She was jailed for a total of 13 months and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £149, which incorporated other offences on Merseyside Police jurisdiction.

The court heard that at around 1.30pm British Transport Police were called to West Kirby station following a report of a group of people on board a train, who were in drink, without tickets and being verbally abusive to staff, with one member of security staff being threatened with a weapon.

Officers immediately responded, where they were told that the victim had been punched repeatedly by Williams before threatening him with the neck of a broken wine bottle.
The victim had been afraid for his safety and believed that Williams had intended to cause him serious injury. 
Williams was identified by the victim as she walked away from the station. When the officer approached her she became abusive and threatening.

On arrest Williams was found to have the neck of a broken glass bottle in her pocket and dried blood on her hands.

Merseyside Police also arrested Williams at the scene on suspicion of theft in relation to an incident that had occurred earlier on in the day at a newsagents.

Investigating officer PC Paul Quest said: “Not content with physically assaulting her victim, Williams wielded a potentially lethal weapon at him while he was simply doing his job.
“Behaviour like this toward station and security staff is just not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
“To cause alarm and distress like this at any time is appalling but to do so at a time when key workers continue to work on the frontline, is completely reprehensible. 
“Hopefully the sentence handed down to Williams by magistrates’ will cause to her give serious consideration to her behaviour.”

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