Carronshore woman who kicked and bit police ordered to work with substance misuse charity

A woman who booted and bit police has been ordered to engage with a substance misuse charity.

By Herald Reporter
Friday, 12th February 2021, 4:45 pm

Laura McFarlane, 37, of Webster Avenue, Carronshore, was caught breaching a bail condition by failing to comply with an order preventing her from entering within 100 yards of a property in Kingseat Avenue, Grangemouth on January 31, 2020.

The former Grangemouth resident then assaulted an officer by kicking him on the body at Falkirk Police Station that same day and again attacked the man by booting him at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

McFarlane, who appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday, also admitted biting a policewoman on the body at the Larbert hospital, where she behaved threateningly by shouting, swearing and uttering threats of violence.

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Carronshore resident Laura McFarlane appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday. Picture: Michael Gillen.

Defence solicitor Martin Morrow said the case had been adjourned following a trial last year and a social work report on McFarlane was “very, very positive”.

However, Sheriff Derek Livingston noted “concerns” about her lack of engagement with the Change Grow Live organisation.

Sheriff Livingston also mentioned a suggestion of McFarlane being found in possession of heroin asked Mr Morrow to clarify an incident in which his client was admitted to hospital “because of an overdose”.

The solicitor replied: “She tells me it was an epilepsy seizure.

“Her position is she’s not using drugs. She’s been allocated a permanent tenancy.”

Sheriff Livingston said: “I’m prepared to defer for your client to be of good behaviour and engage with Change Grow Live.

“I want to see whether your client’s engagement is good or not.”

McFarlane was placed on a structured deferred sentence until April 8.

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