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Drunken mum known as 'Gyspy Star' bites police officer and threatens to 'chew her face'


Susan Rigg was serving a suspended sentence when she hurled abuse at two police officers and then launched her attack. The 68-year-old, from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, had called the police herself and asked for their help to be “re-housed”.

Rigg appeared at Durham Crown Court on Thursday for sentence after pleading guilty to breach of a suspended sentence, burglary, and assaulting an emergency worker.

Neil Jones, prosecuting, said the attack on the police officer happened at about 11pm when a female PC attended a South Shields address.

He said: “The defendant was sitting drinking alcohol with another woman and a man.

“The man wanted the defendant to leave and she [Rigg] was ringing the police to try and get re-housed.

“The police were trying to re-house her but they were getting drunken slurring words.”

The officers then took Rigg back to an address she was last listed as living at, but the locks had been changed, reports Chronicle Live.

Then, as the female officer opened the back door of the police car, Rigg “became abusive”.

The officer then attempted to handcuff Rigg, but a struggle ensued before she bit her “thumb and forefinger”.

The court heard Rigg told the officer: “Do you want me to chew your face off?”

She then “tried to spit in the general direction” of the officers before she was taken to Southwick police station in Sunderland.

Rigg was also sentenced for a burglary she carried out on November 8, 2020, when she went to a Leeds apartment block and stole two parcels belonging to two residents.

The court heard Rigg had three previous convictions for 19 offences.

Speaking about the assault, Shada Mellor, defending, said: “She had been staying at the address of her son’s friends as she had no accommodation at that time.

“She had been drinking Lambrini and the male then became violent and was pushing her. She called the police to protect herself and the other woman present.

“She was taken back to her last listed address but the locks had been changed. She was intoxicated and frustrated.”

Ms Mellor added Rigg had some “physical disabilities” and that she had attended a “number” of probation appointments.

Sentencing Rigg, of Galsworthy Road, South Shields, Judge Ray Singh said her life had been “completely derailed in your late 60s” and jailed her for 10 months.

“Please behave yourself from here on in”, he added.



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