Heacham woman in court over Halloween party row

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A row over Halloween party decorations led to a court appearance for a Heacham woman.

Amy Cardwell, 25, of Station Road, pleaded guilty to two charges of assault, plus criminal damage, possession of cannabis and failing to surrender during a hearing on Thursday.

She received a six-month community order, with supervision, and was ordered to pay £150 compensation, plus a £60 victim surcharge.

She also admitted being in breach of a conditional discharge, on which the West Norfolk bench took no action.

Richard Patison, prosecuting, told the court the incident happened during a Halloween-event at the Heacham Sports and Social Club on October 31.

He said two women confronted Cardwell’s partner as he left the venue carrying her handbag, believing it contained table decorations.

When Cardwell appeared, she grabbed both women by the hair, throwing one of them to the floor.

One of them lost a clump of hair, while the other suffered a headache and had her glasses broken, the court heard.

Following her arrest, a small amount of cannabis was discovered when Cardwell was searched by police. She later failed to report to the Saddlebow investigation centre.

George Sorrell, mitigating, said Cardwell had reacted after one of the victims behaved aggressively towards her.

He said there was “nothing untoward” about Cardwell’s bag and pointed out she was also injured in the incident.

He added she had moved to Heacham to get away from “bad influences” in Lynn.