A HEREFORD woman has been sentenced after a racially aggravated incident on Christmas Day.

Laura Bryce appeared before magistrates in Hereford for sentencing in May after entering guilty pleas to one count of obstructing or resisting a constable, one of causing criminal damage, and one of causing racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm, or distress at an earlier hearing.


The court heard from prosecutor Mark Hambling that the 42-year-old had resisted a police officer in Hereford and had, intentionally or recklessly, destroyed a paperback book belonging to West Mercia Police in Hereford on December 25.

She had also, with intent to cause a detention officer at Hereford's police station harassment, alarm, or distress, used threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour, on the same date. This offence was racially aggravated, the court was told.

Bryce, of Westfaling Street, Hereford, was handed a 12-month community order, ordered to pay £100 compensation to the police officer, and fined £150.

She was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £185 and a £114 victim surcharge.

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