A WOMAN launched an attack on another female drinker in an Evesham pub after thinking she was staring at her.

Sharon Dennick repeatedly punched the woman in the face in the Railway Hotel, Droitwich Magistrates' Court was told yesterday.

"The victim had gone into the pub for a quiet drink with a friend when she heard Dennick from the other side of the room," said Peter Parson, prosecuting, told the court.

"She said 'what does that tart in the pink trousers think she is looking at', and then came over and punched her in the face.

"She then fell to the ground and was punched again, which left her with a swelling to the cheek."

The court was told how 31-year-old Dennick, of Oaktree Close, Evesham, had previously been convicted of assault on a police officer, criminal damage, theft and using threatening words and behaviour.

She admitted assault by beating and was given a two-year community rehabilitation order, ordered to pay £100 compensation and was excluded from the Railway Hotel for two years by Deputy District Judge Ian Strongman.

Charles Hamer, defending, said Dennick was suffering financial problems at the time of the attack.