Woman jailed for common assault and being drunk on aircraft

PUBLISHED: 09:52 08 February 2019 | UPDATED: 09:52 08 February 2019

Sheila Thompson was jailed for 12 months. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Sheila Thompson was jailed for 12 months. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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A drunken woman who grounded a flight at Bristol Airport was jailed yesterday (Thursday).

Sheila Thompson was sentenced to 12 months in prison after admitting to common assault and being drunk on an aircraft.

This related to incidents on a flight from Bristol to Alicante on September 30.

Shortly after take-off Thompson, aged 53, began behaving in a disruptive manner.

Her actions caused the plane to return to the airport shortly after take-off.

When it landed, Thompson, of Hele Road in Torquay, was arrested and subsequently charged.

Police airport commander inspector Barney Gardom said: “We will not tolerate this sort of abusive behaviour and work with the airport to take robust action against disruptive passengers.

“We will, where possible, take action to put the offenders before the courts.”

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