A WOMAN has been given a court injunction after assaulting a Barnsley Council officer who was investigating blue badge fraud.

Shanell Reader, 26 of Michael Road, Barnsley received a two year injunction and was told she must not act in an anti-social manner towards any council officer in a way likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

She was also ordered to pay costs amounting to £377.50.

The incident happened in December last year, when a female council officer from the parking enforcement service went to investigate an allegation of fraud relating to the misuse of a disabled parking ‘blue badge’ permit.

It was alleged that Ms Reader was using her partner’s permit to park on double yellow lines to drop her daughter off at school.

A council officer attended the location of the alleged offence, approached Ms Reader and asked to look at the permit to check its validity.

Whilst examining the permit, the officer said in a police statement that she felt a blow to her head before having her neck grabbed from behind, and that Reader shouted and swore at the officer before attempting to drag her to the floor.

A member of the public called the police and the defendant fled in her car.

A council spokesperson said: The council has a zero tolerance approach to violence or aggression against its staff and will report any such incidents to the police with a view to bringing a prosecution wherever appropriate."