A WOMAN who assaulted a police officer at a Wrexham AFC fixture has been banned from attending matches for the next three years.

Jodie Ball, of Hafton Road in Lower Kersal, Salford, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Monday for sentence.

The 30-year-old had previously admitted one offence of common assault of an emergency worker.

Rebecca Kuipers, prosecuting, told the court that the offence took place on Saturday, October 14 at Wrexham's Racecourse ground - when Wrexham AFC was playing Salford.

The court heard that at half-time, at around 3pm, police noted some disorder among the away supporters.

As an officer moved in to assist a colleague detaining a male, the defendant "stormed" over to her aggressively and attempted to strike her.

Probation officer Pamela Roberts told the court: "From the outset, she expressed her remorse and was able to demonstrate a good level of victim empathy.

"She said she has attended football matches for the last two years as her partner has a Salford season ticket.


"Although she didn't wish to use this as an excuse, she candidly said she has been experiencing a lot of trauma in her personal life and this exacerbates her emotions.

"She said she went to the ladies when she was told her partner was being attacked.

"She tried to make enquiries about his welfare when this offence was committed."

Alun Williams, defending, told the court: "She is an intelligent young woman and knows she acted appallingly.

"During the game, some Salford fans were ejected.

"There appears to have been a scuffle involving them and security guards and her boyfriend got involved.

"She then unfortunately went in as well.

"She has been honest and remorseful about that."

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The court handed down a 12 month community order with 15 days of rehabilitation activity and 80 hours of unpaid work.

She must also pay £50 compensation to the officer and £85 costs, as well as a £114 victim surcharge.

The Magistrates imposed a three-year football banning order to prevent the defendant from attending matches.