Police woman broke spine during arrest
A POLICE woman from Bristol may never return to front-line duty again after her spine was fractured during an arrest.
Mum-of-three PC Catharine Fletcher, 38, was thrown to the ground outside the Premier Inn in Barnwood, Gloucestershire, by hotel guest John Hanly, Gloucester Crown Court heard.
PC Fletcher and her colleagues were arresting him for being drunk and disorderly on March 22 when he lashed out.
She ended up on the floor with a "bundle" of people on top of her and spent two months in hospital.
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She said: "He was struggling so violently it took three people to restrain him. I was doing my job but you never expect it to end with injuries like this."
She is still awaiting an operation for a trapped nerve and said the violent attack had been "catastrophic" for her personal and professional life.
"This has had life-changing consequences for me and my family and my job," she said.
"I love my job but have had to have six months off and may never be able to return to front- line policing. I can't walk properly and am in a lot of pain."
Hanly, of Kingsley Walk, Grays, Essex, admitted assault with intent to resist arrest. He will be sentenced on October 12.