A woman from Birmingham has been jailed after she bit a police officer minutes into the New Year.
Judith Mundle, 36, of Hagley Road, was escorted from a bar in Walsall by staff for aggressive behaviour minutes after midnight on New Year’s Day.
Police who witnessed her removal intervened as they were worried about the staff’s safety.
After they took hold of her, Mundle began swearing and pushed two officers, including one who was trying to calm her down.
When they attempted to cuff her, Mundle launched forward and bit one on the arm.
The bite sank through three layers of clothing and cut the male officer’s skin, forcing him to go to hospital for a tetanus shot.
He has also been given a course of antibiotics and will need a follow-up appointment to see if he needs further medication.
The commander of Walsall neighbourhood policing unit, Chief Superintendent Andy Parsons, said: “This is a heinous act on one of our colleagues, who was trying to ensure the safety of our community as we enter a new year.
“This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated on our streets.”
Mundle was charged with assaulting an officer and assault causing actual harm and pleaded guilty to both at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court.
She was jailed for 18 weeks yesterday.
“I very much welcome this sentence and hope people see this as a warning that we will take robust action against anyone who attempts to assault a member of our police family,” Chief Supt Andy Parsons said.
Police across the country have reported a number of violent crimes taking place in the early days of 2020.