Woman banned from every pub in UK after PC attack


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A CARER who assaulted a police officer has been banned from every pub, nightclub and licensed premises in the UK by court order.

Rachael Hartman, aged 39, of Nailsea, pleaded guilty to three counts of assault and was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months, when she appeared at Bristol Crown Court on April 30.

Earlier, magistrates at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges had heard how Hartman entered Shooters Bar in Weston High Street at 6pm on Boxing Day and hit staff member Steve Jackson with a drink before slapping manager Adam McNally, who had asked her to leave.

Hartman then left but hit PC Debbie Chamberlain and grabbed her hair in a struggle in the street, after staff had told police outside about the incident in the bar.

PC Chamberlain was also left with a nose bleed, bruises to her cheeks and scratches to her face and mouth, as well as a sprained ankle, and was taken to hospital.

She described the attack as ‘the worst I’ve been subjected to’.

Sue Cameron, defending, said Hartman had not intended to cause harm but had drunk two bottles of wine and was on antidepressants, which affected her behaviour.

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Bristol Crown Court issued an order prohibiting Hartman, of Moorlands Close, from going into any licensed premises for 12 months.

The court also ordered her to pay £500 in compensation to PC Chamberlain, in addition to the suspended sentence.

Hartman was also dismissed by her employer, The Brandon Trust, a charity which helps people with learning disabilities.

A statement from the trust confirmed: “Rachael Hartman ceased to be employed by Brandon Trust on May 3. We have no further comment.”