Woman lunged at police with a pair of scissors

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A WOMAN has been given a suspended jail term after assaulting a social worker.

Melissa Davison carried out a sustained assault on the social worker at Portsmouth City Council civic offices in Guildhall Square.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard it had a devastating effect on the victim.

Davison, 48, left the meeting with the social worker on March 23 and went home to Meriden Road, in Southsea.

When police arrived to arrest, she lunged at an officer with scissors, narrowly missing the officer’s face.

Davison admitted assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty and also admitted assaulting a woman by beating her on the same day.

District Judge Anne Arnold imposed a five-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months. Davison will have 12 months of supervision and 35 days of a rehabilitation course.