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Woman battered in attack offered £150 to drop charges by police to avoid paperwork

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 21, 2013

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A young Lincolnshire mum who was battered unconscious by a Lithuanian woman in an unprovoked attack was offered £150 by police to drop the charges - so they could avoid filling out paperwork.

Shocked Hayley Clayton, 32, spent a night in hospital and needed 10 stitches after she was punched in the head and knocked out during a night out in Spalding, Lincs., on August 3.

She received a call from police three weeks later saying they believed they knew who her attacker was and were making an arrest.

The mum-of-one then got another call the next day telling her they had a Lithuanian woman in custody and she had admitted the assault.

But she was "disgusted" when officers said the thug would NOT be prosecuted because it was a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Police then stunned Hayley by saying the woman could either be cautioned or could write a letter of apology and pay her £100 compensation.

When Hayley and husband Mark, 39, turned down the offer, police called back and said the woman had a solicitor with her and was willing to offer an extra £50.

Despite again turning down the offer of cash, police still refused to press charges and let the woman thug off with a caution.

Hayley blasted police and said she had lost confidence in the law.

She fumed: "I had to go in an ambulance and didn't know anything about it until I woke up in hospital because it knocked me unconscious.

"I had to have CT scans and they were going to stitch it but decided not to because it would leave a scar so just used paper stitches.

"Three weeks later the police called and said they were going to make an arrest.

"Then the day after they said they had a Lithuanian woman in custody and couldn't hold her much longer but she told the police in interview that she did it for no reason and knew it was wrong.

"They said ‘I have two options, she can pay you #100 and write you a letter of apology or she can have a caution, but you can't have both'.

"They said it wouldn't go to court because it would be a waste of taxpayers’ money.

"Me and my husband discussed it and they phoned back again because we weren't happy.

"This time she had a solicitor with her and they said she will offer you #150 now.

"I was so offended I told them to stick their money and chose the caution because I wanted her to have a record in case she does this again.

"It is disgusting that you can buy your way out of committing a crime. What is our country coming to?

"I don't blame the officers because they are doing their job and the one we went to the station to speak to about it afterwards was nice.

"He explained that even though she had admitted it in interview, she could change her plea to not guilty and might end up getting away with it.

"But the system is not right, people shouldn't be able to offer money to get out of having a criminal record when they have punched someone unconscious for no reason whatsoever."

Hayley, who works as a team leader at a florist factory, lives in Moulton Seas End, Lincs., with site services co-ordinator Mark and their two-year-old daughter Kacey.

And the mum-of-one says she hasn't been able to go to Spalding on her own since the attack because "it isn't safe and the woman who attacked me knows who I am".

Lincolnshire Police yesterday defended their decision not to prosecute the woman thug.

Inspector Jim Tyner said: "The aim of the adult caution scheme is to offer a proportionate response where the offender has admitted the offence.

"Cautions are designed to deliver swift, simple and effective justice that also carries a deterrent effect for first-time offenders.

"We also record an individual's criminal conduct for possible future reference.

"This is not about taking short-cuts, but cautions are effectively used to increase the amount of time my officers spend dealing with other crime and reduce the amount of time they spend completing paperwork and attending court.

"Like most people, I would much rather my officers are out on patrol.

"Where a victim has suffered financial loss as a result of an assault, they can apply to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority."

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  • wue1234  |  October 25 2013, 12:50PM

    Inspector Jim Tyner, who the hell do you think you are referring to officers as 'my officers'?.

  • redimpsfan  |  October 23 2013, 1:14PM


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  • redimpsfan  |  October 23 2013, 1:13PM

    Well, Inspector Clouseau. Your officers are out on patrol to ensure that they are able to catch criminals, lock 'em up and prosecute. Surely that's the deterrent..... But your officers They flippin' well let 'em go. PATHETIC! Get a bus full of these people and send 'em back to perpetrate crimes in their own country.

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  • snoddy  |  October 23 2013, 8:54AM

    A total disgrace of the attitude of the police. Incidents like this will only breed vigilante groups up and down the country.

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  • footballmad  |  October 22 2013, 3:03PM

    This is an absolute joke, our own people being attacked by someone who been allowed to come to our country and this is the thanks we get back.

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  • MaxPower  |  October 22 2013, 1:01PM

    This story disgusts me but unfortunately doesn't surprise me. I have a lot of sympathy for this poor victim. I was randomly attacked a few years ago by three drunk underage lads coming out of Ritzy night club. I suffered a broken tooth and a nasty cut lip. There was CCTV footage, numerous witnesses. They actually tried to attack the police officers when they eventually turned up. After the policeman came to my house I asked what would happen to them. He informed me that even if I tried to persue the case including all the paperwork he'd have to do, it was their first offence & they would all get off with just a warning. I asked what was the point of even bothering with my statement and the officer just shrugged his shoulders and said that was just the way it was. Where's the justice? I was so angry I had to ask the officer to get out of my house. What's the point of a police force that has no powers to prosecute and a completely ineffective justice system. There's no wonder vigilantism is on the way up. If the law can't prosecute & protect us then we have to defend ourselves and our children in any way possible. It's about time we removed some of the scum in society - permanently

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  • Camboimp  |  October 22 2013, 12:42PM

    I agree Walter 981

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  • jondaw  |  October 22 2013, 8:51AM

    If it was the other way round Hayley Clayton would have been done for racist motivated assault, taken to court and maybe jailed.

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  • Chas24  |  October 22 2013, 6:03AM

    I like to think the decision would have been the same had the victim been a woman police constable ?.

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  • Walter981  |  October 21 2013, 10:05PM

    Thats an outrage , she should be deported and banned from the UK for life, she should be made to pay for her solicitor and Hayley Clayton should make a claim with criminal injuries compensation board , good luck hope your soon feeling a lot better.

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