Here are some of the people who have been in court this month in relation to assaults involving emergency workers. 

The defendants, from Darlington and Teesside, appeared before magistrates in November. 

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  • Elizabeth Humphries, 55, of Pierremont Crescent, Darlington, was in court after beating a nurse in the town.

It happened in Darlington on New Years Eve, 2020.

Humphries had denied the assault charge but was found guilty during a trial at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court this month.

She was told to pay £50 in compensation, and costs of £200, leaving her with a total bill of £250.


  • Ashley John Hastings, 37, of Maple Street, Ashington, was fined £200 and told to pay compensation of £100 after admitting to assaulting a police officer in Thirsk on October 9.

He appeared at York Magistrates’ Court on November 25.

An offence of resisting a constable was dismissed as no evidence was offered.


  • Asa Boardman, 45, of Alliance Street, Darlington, is awaiting sentence after admitting to assaulting a detention officer.

It happened in Darlington on July 27.

She admitted the charge on November 22 when she appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court, when the case was adjourned to allow for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

She was granted unconditional bail.

  • Claire Marie Hope, 46, of Lune Street, Saltburn, in east Cleveland, was fined and told to pay compensation for beating an emergency worker at Cleveland Police headquarters.

She pleaded guilty to assaulting a detention worker when she appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on November 5.

She was fined £200, told to pay compensation of £100, a victim surcharge of £34 and costs of £85.

She was given no separate penalty for a charge of being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

  • Shaun Dennis, 40, of Elgin Road, Hartlepool, was given a 28-day prison sentence after assaulting two police officers in Hartlepool.

He pleaded guilty when he appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on November 1.

He was sentenced to 14-days in prison for each assault, which both happened on September 8.

He pleaded guilty and has also been told to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £128.

No compensation was ordered due to a lack of injuries.

Another charge of assault was dropped when no evidence was offered.

  • Serena Irene Depeiza, 35, of Bulmer Court, Eston, Middlesbrough, was made subject to a community order after admitting to assaulting a police officer.

The incident happened in Middlesbrough on June 13.

As part of the order, she will have to take part in a drug rehabilitation requirement.

She was also told to pay compensation of £100, a victim surcharge of £95 and costs of £300.


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