A WOMAN cut the nose of a police officer who was chasing her when she tried to escape from a hospital.

Kate Elsley, 44, slipped one of her hands from handcuffs and waved her arms around when she realised she was about to be captured, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

The flailing handcuff caught PC Stephen Bray on the nose, said Felicity Hemlin, prosecuting.

She said Elsley had been taken to hospital by police after feeling unwell.

Miss Hemlin said: "She slipped one of her hands from the cuffs and tried to escape. There was a chase through casualty. PC Bray was given painkillers and resumed his duties."

Elsley, who admitted assaulting a police officer, was ordered to pay £100 in compensation to PC Bray and was given a 10-week curfew. She was ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £590 in costs.