‘Blind-drunk’ mum left custody officer in agony with Sunderland police station assault

Southwick police station, where Kelly Ridley lashed out at a custody investigation officer during a search.
Southwick police station, where Kelly Ridley lashed out at a custody investigation officer during a search.
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A ‘blind drunk’ mum assaulted a custody officer so badly she was left with severe spinal pain after her head smashed against a concrete floor.

Kelly Marie Ridley, 34, also known as Kelly Curry, lashed out at the female custody investigation officer as she was conducting a search on her at Southwick police station, Sunderland magistrates heard.

During the struggle the female officer has fallen to the ground and banged her head on the concrete floor

Prosecutor John McGlone

The mum of a seven-year-old child had been arrested by police on April 24 after staff at the Lambton Worm in Sunderland called for assistance in dealing with her drunken and aggressive behaviour.

Prosecutor John McGlone said: “At 5.40pm police attended the Lambton Worm pub in Sunderland city centre, after reports that an intoxicated female was being aggressive. They found the defendant, who was described as ‘extremely drunk’.”

Ridley became abusive and was taken to Southwick custody suite, where a female custody investigation officer assisted in a search.

However, Ridley lashed out, kicking the custody officer in the leg, causing a cut and bruising to her knee.

“During the struggle the female officer has fallen to the ground and banged her head on the concrete floor,” Mr McGlone said.

“She suffered severe pain to the spine as a result of the fall on the concrete floor.”

Ridley, of Eloise Court, Seaham, admitted assault, being drunk and disorderly, and breaching a conditional discharge. She has two previous convictions for assaulting a police officer, as well as drink-driving, all committed since last year.

Ian Hodgson, defending, said Ridley had split from her husband and lost her job of 14 years at Gateshead Council, and was staying in the Travelodge next to the Lambton Worm.

She accepts that she has a problem with alcohol,” he said. “She is not a villain in the sense of a robber, but she needs to get to grips with the fact that you can’t go around behaving like this or you will go to prison.”

Ridley was given a three-week curfew, supervision and was told to pay £100 in compensation to the injured officer and £85 costs.