A drunk woman who tried to stab a police officer with a 12 inch knife while he was helping her has been jailed.
Shocking footage shows Lisa Timney’s altercation with police during the incident at her home in Beechwood, Middlesbrough.
Timney, who a court heard was disabled and vulnerable, was chatting to PC Adam Woodland from the kitchen while he sat in the lounge taking notes on a complaint she had about a neighbour.
The officer then heard “clanking” from the cutlery drawer before he saw Timney lunging at him with a knife aimed at his head or neck, TeessideLive reports.
Despite the imminent danger, the brave officer kept “calm and professional” as he was aware of the woman’s disabilities, Tessside Crown Court heard on Thursday.
PC Woodland, who has been a serving officer for 15 years, has since suffered flashbacks of the terrifying ordeal and has been referred to trauma therapy.
Prosecutor Peter Sabiston said: “In short, Lisa Timney leaves the lounge to go to the kitchen, returning with a knife hidden behind her back.
“She looked at him with real intent in her face. He said she became a different person, calling him names and swearing at him.
“The officer managed to block her and restrain her on the sofa.”
He said the PC “was very sympathetic towards Ms Timney and was more than a little surprised in her change in demeanour”.
Timney had also kicked other officers and the footage shows her at the police station where she continued to hurl abuse.
The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Richard Lewis provided a statement to the court, expressing his concerns about the effects such attacks have on the force in general.
Assaults on Cleveland Police officers rose from 41 in March to 61 by May – an increase of 75% compared to 2019.
The force said some of the assaults have left officers physically injured and unable to carry out their duties.
They released footage of Timney’s attack to raise awareness of the extent to which officers can be abused.
Timney herself has a history of assaults against police officers with attacks and threats made in 2018, 2013, and 2005.
In regards the latest attack, the 42-year-old pleaded guilty to attempting to commit grievous bodily harm with intent.
Rod Hunt, defending, said she had mental health issues and was “appalled” by her behaviour in the July 10 offence.
She had been drinking and had little recollection of the incident, he said.
“She had been coping with her illness until the lockdown and the break-up in society affected her quite badly as she wasn’t able to access treatment she had been obtaining,” he added.
At the sentencing hearing Judge Howard Crowson commended PC Woodland’s “excellence” during the incident, noting his “swift action prevented serious harm”.
Addressing Timney, he said: “He originally came to support you, you were being supported as a victim and yet, whilst that seemed to be going well, your character changed and that must have been to a large degree because of the amount of alcohol you had consumed.
“It must have been very frightening for PC Woodland.”
Judge Crowson also added that incidents of violence against police officers occurred “far too often”.
“I must also make clear that this was not an isolated example of the brave and selfless behaviour from our police officers and indeed those from other forces,” he said.
He jailed Timney for two years and eight months and ordered her to pay a surcharge of £190.