A MUM-of-four is to appear in Crown Court after assaulting police officers and stealing tracksuits from a town centre store.

Lorna Simpson, of Smithfield Court, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old admitted two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, as well as theft of tracksuits and hair dye.

Rhian Jackson, prosecuting, told the court that on April 1, Simpson entered JD Sports at Eagles Meadow and took two tracksuits worth £80 without paying for them.

Later that month, she took two packs of hair dye from Tesco in Wrexham, worth £6.

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When she was arrested on May 9 and taken to Llay Custody Suite, she was told she would be searched.

At that point, Simpson became verbally aggressive to officers, and threatened to assault anyone who came near her.

"I will bang you out," she told them and proceeded to swing her arms around with her fists clenched.

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While standing on a bench, she hit one officer to the face, and then another to the mouth.

Stephen Edwards, defending, told the court: "Lorna Simpson was in a bad place yesterday (May 9) and had been for quite some time.

"She has not had a normal upbringing in terms of schooling and sadly her life has been blighted by a series of unfortunate and inappropriate relationships with males who have treated her very badly indeed.

"She has also suffered significant mental health problems.

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"When told she was going to be strip searched, she reacted very badly and was in a fragile state.

"She wishes to apologise to both of the officers involved."

District Judge Gwyn Jones opted to commit Simpson to the Crown Court for sentence, given the assaults on officers were committed within days of her having an existing suspended sentence order extended by a Judge.

She will appear at Mold Crown Court on June 9 and was remanded in custody for the intervening period.

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