A WOMAN who was drunk in a town centre became ‘aggressive’ towards police and was arrested after kicking an officer.

Police were called to an anti-social incident involving Laura McGrady, 37, in Whitehaven town centre on the morning of January 10.

Officers arrived and saw McGrady was ‘very obviously drunk’ and there was a male with her, Workington Magistrates’ Court heard.

Pamela Fee, prosecuting, said the officer had described the male as a ‘jovial drunk’ but McGrady was ‘more aggressive’. Her behaviour was attracting attention on Lowther Street.

McGrady said she didn’t like police. She then told officers if they were going to lock her up, to ‘lock her up for a reason’.

The defendant had then lifted her leg up and officers were concerned she was going to assault them.

She was placed on the floor and kicked out with her left leg, making contact with an officer’s shin. She was then arrested.

McGrady, of Main Street, Distington, pleaded guilty to assault by beating of an emergency worker and being drunk and disorderly in a pub place.

John Cooper, defending, said: “Her partner passed away two years ago. There has been an increase in alcohol consumption recently. She had an induction appointment with Recovery Steps last week.

“She was associating with people the bench [of magistrates] would recognise. I can understand why police went to speak to them.

“She became argumentative and ended up being arrested which she knows she deserved.”

Magistrates imposed a six-month curfew to run daily from 6pm until 6am. McGrady was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £114 surcharge to fund victim services.