Woman bites Pc during struggle

PUBLISHED: 12:24 10 February 2006 | UPDATED: 21:42 28 May 2010

A POLICE officer had to have hepatitis and tetanus tests after being bitten by a Chatteris woman. Yvonne Owen bit the policewoman, who called at her home, drawing blood and leaving teeth marks in her flesh. She kicked and struggled as the officer tried to

A POLICE officer had to have hepatitis and tetanus tests after being bitten by a Chatteris woman.

Yvonne Owen bit the policewoman, who called at her home, drawing blood and leaving teeth marks in her flesh.

She kicked and struggled as the officer tried to handcuff her, and it took help from two more officers to get her into leg restraints.

At an earlier hearing, magistrates were told Owen had acted "like a savage dog" during the incident. She screamed abuse as she was carried out to a police van, and shouted and banged on the vehicle.

Pc Kirsty Hills had to undergo tetanus and hepatitis injections after the incident, and had a harrowing wait for blood test results.

Owen, 36, of Burnsfield Estate, had already admitted assaulting the police woman on November 29, and on Wednesday was back before Fenland magistrates for sentencing.

She was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid community work, and pay £100 compensation to the officer.

"Such an offence of violence is out of character," said David Chapple, mitigating. "She had been drinking during the evening. She became distressed, she was in something of a state, and she lost her self-control.

"She accepts the officer went through pain and considerable anxiety, she does apologise and is genuinely remorseful.

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