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Friday, 26 December 2014

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Woman back before Carlisle court for third time this month

A 51-year-old woman brought traffic to a standstill after standing in the middle of the road and refusing to move.

Jackie Linda Cameron was back in Carlisle Magistrates’ Court for the third time this month after she went to hospital and made suicide threats before standing in the road outside.

The court heard how Cameron, who gave her address as a friend’s house in Port Road, off Newtown Road, had injuries to her face when she went to hospital on Sunday.

Prosecutor Pam Ward said she “threatened to kill herself” while at the Cumberland Infirmary and staff contacted police.

“She left and officers later found her on Newtown Road, opposite the infirmary,” she said.

“She was standing in the middle of the road, the traffic was at a standstill”.

Mrs Ward said she had caused a large back-log of traffic and was standing in front of one vehicle and refused to move away.

When officers eventually managed to get her out of the road and she was told she was being arrested for being drunk and disorderly, Cameron said “Cushty, that’s the third time this month.”

Martin McAllister, defending, told district judge Gerald Chalk: “She thinks she was assaulted, that’s why she went to the hospital,” he said. “She has mental health issues and these are now being addressed and she is receiving appropriate treatment.”

Cameron was in court earlier this month after she stepped in front of an on-coming car in Newtown Road, forcing it to stop.

The motorist attempted to drive round her as she stood in the street shouting: “Just run me over, I’m useless.”

On that occasion, Adrienne Harris, prosecuting, said the driver got out of his car and tried to coax Cameron off the road but she would not move until the police arrived.

Cameron, who admitted assaulting a police officer, has 41 previous offences over a 13-year period for assault, being drunk and disorderly, public order offences and making nuisance 999 calls.

She admitted being drunk and disorderly at her latest court appearance and was fined £25 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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