‘Troubled soul’ from Bury st Edmunds gets help while in custody

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
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A ‘troubled soul’ who threatened police while holding a knife has been given a 12-month conditional discharge by a court.

Chloe Scott, 21, of Church Row, Bury St Edmunds, received professional help to deal with her psychiatric problems, Ipswich Crown Court heard on Friday.

Scott pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour in front of two police officers in Raingate Street, Bury, on September 9 last year, and to possessing a kitchen knife with a five-inch blade in public.

She also admitted using threatening words or behaviour in Bury town centre on December 5.

The court heard that Scott was a ‘troubled soul’ who now accepted brandishing a knife in public was not an appropriate response to the stress she had been under.

In mitigation, Joanne Eley said prison staff had noticed changes in Scott’s behaviour indicating she was now better able to cope with stressful situations.