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Woman (53) jailed following offences committed on aircraft

Sheila Thompson has been jailed following an incident on a flight from Bristol

A 53-year-old woman has been jailed at Bristol Crown Court following offences committed on an aircraft.

Sheila Thompson, of Hele Road in Torquay has been sentenced to 12 months prison after admitting to being drunk on an aircraft and common assault. She appeared in court yesterday (Thursday 7 February).

This related to incidents on a (Ryanair) flight from Bristol Airport to Alicante on Sunday 30 September.

Shortly after take-off Sheila Thompson, who was on board began behaving in a disruptive manner.

Her action caused the plane to return to Bristol Airport shortly after take-off.

When it landed, Thompson was arrested and subsequently charged.

Police airport commander Insp Barney Gardom said: “We will not tolerate this sort of abusive behaviour and work with the airport to take robust action against disruptive passengers.

“We will, where possible take action to put the offenders before the courts, ” he said.