Hit police officer in the face with coins

A Buxton woman threw coins through an open window in a police car, striking an officer in the face, a court heard.

Police were called to the Beltane bar on Hall Bank on January 14 after receiving reports of a male who was refusing to leave the premises, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald told High Peak Magistrates’ Court. When officers arrived, the man had already left the bar so they got back in the police car but a short while later were approached by the male’s partner Claire Lyndsey Snodgrass who started shouting and screaming. She then took some coins from her pocket and threw them through the open driver’s side window, hitting PC David Mason in the chin and forehead.

Snodgrass, 31, of Welbeck Avenue, admitted assaulting a constable.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “She maintains her position that both her and her boyfriend have been subject to police intervention that was unnecessary on numerous occasions.

“On this particular day police intervened in relation to her boyfriend. She takes some coins and throws them through the car window inviting the officer to go and get a coffee and leave them alone.

“What she didn’t accept was that amounted to a reckless assault. She accepts that now by virtue of her guilty plea. She didn’t throw the coins at the police officer, she threw them through the window. She never intended to hurt the police officer at the time.

“She is at college doing a skills for life programme. She wants to better herself.”

Magistrates adjourned the case until April 29 for sentence.