Mental health an issue during case of Keighley woman

Keighley News: Mental health an issue during case of Keighley woman Mental health an issue during case of Keighley woman

A 23-year-old woman with mental health issues has been given a suspended sentence for a string of offences.

Rachel Pearce, of Halifax Road in Keighley, admitted assaulting a police constable, possessing a bladed article and making nuisance phone calls. She was given an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, with 12 months’ supervision and a medium-level activity order, at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court.

Pearce admitted persistently making use of the public communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety; using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress at Airedale Hospital, Steeton; possessing a pointed article in a public place, razor blades; and assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty.

Her solicitor, Paul Fitzpatrick, said agencies had been slow to get involved in her case when she moved from Leeds to Keighley. A psychiatric report said she had an “extremely complex clinical picture”, with no quick solution.

But Mr Fitzpatrick said she was taking small steps in the right direction.

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