Mum-of-seven in refuge attack

MOTHER of seven Mary Price was evicted from a Wisbech women s refuge after she attacked another resident. Price believed Beverley Foster had called her a tinker – but Ms Foster told police she had merely been telling Price about someone living in Tinker

MOTHER of seven Mary Price was evicted from a Wisbech women's refuge after she attacked another resident.

Price believed Beverley Foster had called her a "tinker" - but Ms Foster told police she had merely been telling Price about someone living in Tinker's Drove.

"After the incident, she was evicted with her seven children, so instant justice was meted out at the time," Fenland magistrates were told by solicitor Anita Waterman.

Price, 35, had travelled to the Wisbech court from Leicestershire with four of her children this week, and two of the youngsters stood alongside her as she admitted a charge of assault.


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Prosecutor Laura Mardell said Ms Foster mentioned a friend living in Tinker's Drove, and Price took exception to that. She grabbed her victim around the neck with both hands, and another resident intervened. She also punched her in the mouth.

Ms Foster suffered scratching and grazing to her neck, but Mrs Waterman said Price had no nails, so could not have caused the scratches.

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"When she was at the refuge, other people there were unfriendly towards her," said Mrs Waterman. "Beverley Foster called her a tinker, and she accepts she pushed her in the face. They had both been drinking and she felt she was provoked."

The court gave Price a two-year conditional discharge.

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