A COUNTY Durham woman has been found guilty of assaulting an emergency service worker in Newcastle in 2020.

Leigh-Anne Cooper (Lucas), 24, of Baff Street, Spennymoor, was found guilty of assaulting a Northumbria Police officer on October 8, 2020, after the charge was proved at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (April 5) in her absence.

It was heard in court that Cooper had assaulted, by beating, emergency worker PC Wilding, who was trying to carry out his duty at a Northumbria officer, in Newcastle city centre.

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Cooper had previously pleaded not guilty to the charge and elected for a summary trial during a court date in February 2021.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the 24-year-old after she was found guilty of the offence – and she wasn’t present at court earlier this week.

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