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Mum fined over nursery fracas

Worcester Editorial 9th Mar, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A WORCESTER mother has been fined £200 for ‘kicking off’ with staff and swearing at police in a rant outside a nursery.

Shannon Taylor, of Barnes Way, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour towards Georgia Ledbury outside Poppins Day Nursery, on Alexander Road, when she appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on Friday (March 4).

The 20-year-old attended the nursery in St John’s at 5.50pm on February 12 and was seen to be “kicking off with staff”.

Lesley Ashton, prosecuting, said: “When she was arrested she became abusive and was shouting at police saying ‘look at my record, I have been done for assault seven times.’”

She then went on to call the police “pigs” and threatened to kick them, saying: “I will mess you up”.

Taylor, who had taken her son to the nursery on the morning of the incident, had a conversation with staff about nursery fees she owed.

Mark Lister, defending, said: “It was her understanding there was to be a meeting the following week with someone at the nursery. She then received a phone call and was told she had to take her child out of the school immediately.

“She turned up at the nursery with £60 to pay off some of the money. She went to the front door but was denied entry by Georgia Ledbury and was told to wait outside. She didn’t know what was happening and then the police arrived.

“She denied kicking off but admitted she became abusive when police came.

“She has a very difficult life and an unfortunate record. She works full-time as a car mechanic and takes care of her son,” he added.

John Taylor, Chair of the Bench, said: “Your record is horrendous and is nothing to boast about.

“You have assaulted seven police officers and your behaviour outside the nursery is not right. You have to control that temper. I have grand-daughters and I would hate them hearing that.”

Taylor was ordered to pay a fine of £200, court costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £20.

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