Burnley knifewoman in pink onesie arrested

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Grace Taylor Grace Taylor

A KNIFEWOMAN in a pink onesie arrested on a Burnley street was said to have earlier sent threatening texts to a woman after a dispute, a court heard.

Grace Taylor, a 21-year-old mum-of-one, had a large bread knife tucked up her right sleeve when she was detained in Brunshaw Road, at 7.45am.

She was said to have started sending messages to the woman at about 5.45am, telling her she was going to go round and ‘bash’ her.

The defendant was then seen in Hurstwood Avenue at 7.30am with the knife, approaching the house the woman was at. She had gone to the front door and then disappeared from view, Burnley Crown Court heard.

Taylor, an amphetamine addict who has a record for unruly behaviour, is banned by a restraining order from her own grandmother’s home because of her conduct. She claimed the knife was for self-protection.

The defendant, who also has pink hair, was spared jail by Judge Beverley Lunt who warned her it was the only chance she would give her.

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Taylor recently lived at Larch Street, Nelson, but is now of no fixed address and is said to live a ‘chaotic’ life.

She had admitted possessing a bladed article in a public place on February 17 and had been committed for sentence by Pennine magistrates.

Taylor was given eight months in custody, suspended for two years, with 12 months supervision and a six months drugs programme. She must also pay a £100 statutory surcharge.

David Temkin, defending Taylor, said she had instability in her life and was ‘crying out’ for long-term supervision and assistance.

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