Memorial disgrace woman spared jail
A woman branded "Britain's most disgusting person" by veterans after she was convicted of urinating on a war memorial has been given a suspended sentence.
Wendy Lewis, 32, was caught on CCTV relieving herself on the cenotaph in Blackpool before performing a sex act on a man in public.
Lewis was sentenced at Blackpool Magistrates' Court to 15 weeks in prison suspended for a year after fleeing an earlier hearing on Friday when she was met by a group of veterans, wearing berets and with campaign medals on their blazers, who lined the court steps to form a "guard of dishonour".
The veterans attended court again to see the mother-of-two brought before justice.
Lewis, of Princess Street, Blackpool, faced further disgrace. The former heroin addict, who was found guilty of outraging public decency at an earlier hearing, also pleaded guilty to assaulting the female police officer who arrested her on Tuesday night.
Lewis hurled abuse at Pc Emma Halliwell and kicked her twice, striking the officer's shin and her thigh.
District Judge Roger Lowe told her: "You are a young woman. You don't remember the First World War and the Second World War. There are people in this room who do.
"The memorial in this town remembers the people who gave their lives for values which we hold so dear."
Lewis, wearing a pink hooded top and white jacket, nodded as she was sentenced to 12 weeks for outraging public decency. A three-week sentence for the assault of Pc Halliwell was suspended for 12 months.
She was also ordered to complete a drug rehabilitation programme and pay £200 in costs and £50 in compensation to Pc Halliwell.