Woman, 24, back in prison after breaching court order banning her from Suffolk bridges

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

An “attention seeking” 24-year-old woman with a history of threatening to jump off bridges on the A14 is back behind bars after her latest breach of a court order banning her from going near bridges in Suffolk.

Police received a telephone call on July 22 at 4.45 pm reporting that Chloe Scott was on a bridge on the A14 on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

When officers arrived they found Scott sitting under the bridge, which was in breach of a criminal behaviour order made at Ipswich Crown Court on April 24 this year, banning her from going to any bridge in Suffolk apart from in the course of a normal journey, said Mark Roochove, prosecuting.

Scott, of Olle Close, Bury St Edmunds, admitted breaching a criminal behaviour order and was jailed for six months.

Sentencing her Judge John Devaux described her as “attention seeking” and said she was a prolific and persistent offender.

“You are incredibly selfish, I’m afraid,” said the judge.

“As long as you go on breaching court orders the sentences are likely to get longer,” he added.

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He said Scott had been diagnosed as having an emotionally unstable personality disorder and over a number of years she had received treatment from the mental health services.

He said in November last year she was offered specific treatment at a unit in Milton Keynes.

She had started the treatment on November 3, but it was ended on December 6 with no further intervention being offered to her.

Charles Kellett, for Scott, said she had made the telephone call to the emergency services on July 22.

He said she had sheltered under the bridge when it started raining as she was walking to Woolpit and she had phoned the police because she had started thinking about going on to the bridge.

“She never did go up on to the bridge,” he said.

He said there was no mental health disposal available that would assist her as the mental health team did not feel any more could be done for her.

Mr Kellett said Scott was trying to rid herself of the need to draw attention to herself by going on to bridges, but was finding it hard because of issues in her past.

He told the court she faced further matters in the magistrates’ court next month.