A WOMAN who struck a police officer has been ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work.

Katie Harris, 25, had been pointing and gesticulating after her boyfriend had been fighting with another man, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Harris struck PC Sarah Chesters on the face once, said Julie Grant, prosecuting. She said the incident happened at 4am on Wellington Street.

Sean Fritchley, defending, said Harris, of Sackup Lane, Darton, did not deliberately strike the officer.

"She caught PC Chesters in the face," he said.

Harris admitted assaulting a police officer, being drunk and disorderly and possessing a small amount of MCAT.

She was fined £50, ordered to pay £50 in compensation, costs of £100, a £60 victim surcharge and to spend five sessions at a project for women.