A MOTHER and daughter started brawling with each other in a Worcester pub after a family funeral.

Sally Raymond and her daughter Ashleigh Raymond pulled each other’s hair during the fight at The Royal Exchange in the Cornmarket in Worcester city centre, at 9pm on Friday, September 28.

Sally, aged 42, of Lowesmoor, and Ashleigh, aged 21, of Rowan Avenue, Tolladine, appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court yesterday (Thursday).

Roger Bleazard, prosecuting, said Sally and Ashleigh had been drinking at the pub when Ashleigh, who had been standing outside, was refused re-entry.

He said the pair began arguing and fighting and that Ashleigh spat at bouncer Terry Clarke when he pulled her away.

Paul Stanley, representing Sally and Ashleigh, said: “Her (Ashleigh) and her mother had been at the funeral of her great-grandmother and her mother’s nan. It goes dramatically downhill. The bouncer intervenes and he is spat at by Ashleigh when she is dragged away by him.

“She (Ashleigh) accepts she was drinking too much, coupled with a death in the family. The mother (Sally) argued with her daughter in town – she was not happy with the amount her daughter was drinking."

Mr Stanley added: "She hasn’t been in trouble for 10 years."

During the incident, bystander Amy Wadley tried to stop the Raymonds fighting.

However, Wadley then assaulted PC James Rimmer by kicking him as he tried to arrest her for being drunk and disorderly.

Defending 32-year-old Wadley, of St Paul's Street in Worcester, Mark Sheward said: "She does not know them. She saw them arguing with each other and went across to try to split them up. She would have done better to just walk away."

Mr Sheward said the police heard Wadley shouting and arrested her and that she had struggled but did not intend to injure PC Rimmer.

Wadley pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty. She was given an eight-week curfew between 9pm and 7am.

Magistrates gave her no separate penalty for being drunk and disorderly.

She was ordered to pay £50 compensation to PC Rimmer, £135 court costs and £85 victim surcharge.

The court heard about a further charge for Ashleigh, related to an incident on July 4 at the Co-op shop in Ambleside Drive, Worcester, where she spat at worker Dale Hudspith when he queried her age.

Mr Stanley added: "On July 4, Ashleigh was in the Warndon area of the city – at a funeral for her auntie, sister-in-law to her mother. That death and funeral led her to go to that store that day."

The court heard that Ashleigh, who is currently sofa-surfing, suffers with anxiety and depression and was struggling with her bereavement.

On sentencing Ashleigh, Trevor Higginbotham, chair of the bench, said: "As I said to your mother, it was a sordid situation – fighting with your mother in public."

He added: "We take a very dim view of spitting at people."

Ashleigh Raymond pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating and one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

She was given a 13-month community order, 30 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement (RAR) days, 36 hours at a Senior Attendance Centre (SACs) and ordered to pay £50 compensation to both victims, Terry Clarke and Dale Hudspith.

Sally Raymond, who pleaded guilty to one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, was fined £80, reduced from £120, for her early guilty plea.

She was also ordered to pay £135 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge. No victim compensation was given, as her attacker was her daughter.