Drunken plane pair punished after Bristol Airpot antics

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 October 2015

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TWO friends who attacked a police officer while drunk on an aeroplane at Bristol Airport were sentenced last week.

Leah Wild, 44, a university lecturer, and her friend 23-year-old Reuben Crowe were on a Ryanair flight headed for Faro, Portugal, when the plane was delayed on the tarmac for three hours due to French airline strikes – ample time for the pair to become rowdy, play loud music and abuse police officers, a court heard.

Bristol Crown Court heard they slapped a constable in the face and were abusive towards the two female officers called to the scene after cabin crew called for help.

Wild was reported as saying ‘don’t listen to her’ when the drunken duo were confronted.

Both defendants pleaded guilty to being drunk on an aircraft and assault of a constable in the execution of their duty.

They both were handed suspended sentences of four months, suspended for 12 months and made to complete 80 hours of unpaid community work.

Wild, from Hemp Lime House in Butcombe, Stroud, was told to pay £500 compensation.

Crowe, from Orchard Lane, in the same town, was ordered to pay £250.

Both were banned from Bristol Airport for a year for their behaviour.

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