Woman tried to stop her brother’s arrest

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A WOMAN swore at police as her brother was being arrested.

Andrea Ellis screamed and struggled with officers before being arrested herself.

Ellis, 27, pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer, resisting another officer and assaulting a woman at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

John McGlone, prosecuting, said “Police had arrived at the address and as they were trying to get control of her brother and get him into cuffs, he was being aggressive and they had to get their batons out.

“Miss Ellis then entered the hallway and attempted to assist him by trying to stop the officers. At 5.10am she was arrested for breach of the peace. She began struggling and had to be restrained.

“As a result of that, she was arrested for resisting a police officer.”

The other charges relate to a brawl at a women’s refuge.

Jason Smith, defending, said Ellis, now of Kings Square, had been treated at Cherry Knowle Hospital for mental health problems.

Magistrates imposed a 12-month community order, with supervision, and ordered Ellis to pay £85 court costs, a £60 victim surcharge and compensation of £100.