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."