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A "rabble mob" of four women were spared jail after repeatedly beating up a police officer, which left her "emotionally broken".

Bethany Bennett, 24, Njeri Swanston, 24, Millie Curley, 21, and Courtney Hardy, 25, downed gin, wine and cocktails before grabbing the policewoman by her hair and pulling her to the floor before repeatedly hitting her on her head and body.

Officer Dowse had been called after a group of men had been fighting outside the Revolution bar in Wilmslow, Cheshire, on July 31.

But she was attacked by the women as she told them to go home, suffering bruising to her hip, thigh, knee and back.

There was also a small amount of swelling to her forehead and a bruise to her left eye.

She felt dizzy and nauseous due to the number of times she was struck while on the ground.

Swanston also proceeded to slap a second officer on the shin after he asked her to move on when he found her sitting on a grass verge.

At Stockport Magistrates’ Court, the quartet admitted assault on police but walked free, after being fined.

Bennett was also ordered to abide by a 10-week curfew, while Hardy was conditionally discharged for 18 months.

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PC Dowse said: "I have never had an assault like this before and at first I did not want to return to work after the incident.

"The effects have since left me feeling low and I am emotionally broken. The situation I was in continues to shock me as I was physically attacked.

"I am a new mother, my priorities have changed since returning to work and I feel vulnerable in my role so much so I do not feel I can perform my duties completely."

She went on: "I have a young child and he has noticed my bruising on my legs.

"My child does not understand the nature of them. I do not want my children to see me being emotional. My day-to-day quality of life has deteriorated significantly."

Prosecutor Peter Conroy said: "PC Dowse describes how she felt her hair was going to be ripped from her scalp and how she suffered an intense burning sensation.

"She was then struck in the face and fell to the floor. She said she was on the floor and was struck over and over again and she sustained bruising as a result."

Sentencing them, Neil Brettell said: "All of you have been described as intelligent and caring members of society, yet on this night in question after consuming alcohol, you turned into a rabble mob.

"Instead of doing what was asked of you, which was to walk away and allow the police to do their job to keep control of the situation, you all became part of the problem."

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