Mum told police child had been kidnapped when school wouldn't let her out early

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Lucy England claimed her child had been kidnapped by her school after teachers refused to let her finish 15 minutes early. (Reach)
Lucy England claimed her child had been kidnapped by her school after teachers refused to let her finish 15 minutes early. (Reach)

A mother has avoided jail after she told police that her child had been kidnapped by her school when teachers refused to let her finish 15 minutes early.

Lucy England, 32, had already been given an injunction to keep away from the head teacher and business manager of Holywell Village First School in Northumberland as a result of her "history of abuse" and “toxic" behaviour.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the primary school had received an email from a relative in November last year, asking if England's child could be released at 2.45pm instead of 3pm.

When England arrived at the school gates, where the headteacher and manager were present, and found her request had been refused, she contacted the police.

Prosecutor Omar Ahmad told the court: "The defendant called 999 and reported to the police that the school had kidnapped her child."

The court heard a police community support officer attended the school but it was England who was arrested the following day.

In March this year England saw the school business manager, who was with her husband and mother, by chance during a shopping trip to B&M.

Lucy England was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, at Newcastle Crown Court. (Reach)
Lucy England was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, at Newcastle Crown Court. (Reach)

England shouted "there's no injunction that stops me shopping at B&M, love" during the confrontation that followed.

Ahmad said the civil injunction was imposed on England at North Shields County Court in North Tyneside last October after her “abuse" towards the headteacher and school manager became "more personal and focused on them".

He said: "The defendant was making constant remarks about their appearance and suitability for their job."

England, of Blackhaugh Drive, Northumberland, admitted three charges of breach of the civil injunction order.

Kelly Sharif, defending, said a "toxic situation" had developed between those involved and England's children no longer attend that school.

Sharif said there has been no trouble recently and the family are now "happy and settled".

Judge Amanda Rippon said the situation was "toxic because of her behaviour".

She told England: "Calling the police and suggesting the school had kidnapped your child was a dreadful thing to do."

England was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation requirements and a five-year restraining order to keep her away from the women and the school.

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