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'Dangerous' woman took knife to Rugby police station and threatened to kill officer

Rugby Editorial 4th Mar, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A KNIFE-wielding woman who went to Rugby police station and said she was there to kill an officer was granted bail.

And two weeks later Aileen Dumelow, who a judge branded as ‘dangerous,’ had to be sprayed with CS gas to force her to drop two more knives she was brandishing in the street.

Dumelow, 53, of Plowman Street, Rugby, was jailed for a total of 28 months by the judge at Warwick Crown Court after she admitted affray, two charges of possessing bladed articles, two of assaulting police officers and a public order offence.

Prosecutor Alexander Barnfield said that on August 26 last year Dumelow, who had previously been detained in Broadmoor secure hospital for 15 years, called the mental health crisis team.




But they would not assist her because they formed the view that she was drunk, at which she said she would go out into the street and stab someone.

So they raised the alarm and the police went to Dumelow’s home with a paramedic who suggested she should go to hospital.


Dumelow became agitated and responded: “You make me go back, I’ll go into the street and stab someone.”

She eventually seemed to calm down and went into the kitchen where she reached for a knife with an eight-inch blade and held it in the air, threatening to stab the police officers who had followed her.

When one of them managed to disarm her, she spat in his face, for which she later apologised at the police station after being arrested.

Dumelow was granted bail, and on August 31 she turned up outside Rugby police station at 11.15pm and used the intercom to try to get inside.

Officers could not understand what she was saying, so two of them went to the door where they could see her outside with a knife with a five-inch blade.

Other officers arrived to assist, at which she dropped the knife; and when she was asked what the matter was, Dumelow replied: “I don’t like the police. I came here to kill PC Wakefield. He arrested me on Wednesday. I came here to kill him.”

Clearly intoxicated, Dumelow was arrested and taken to Nuneaton police station where she pushed a female officer as she was being booked in, saying: “Get it right; I wasn’t going to kill him, I was going to threaten to kill him.”

She was again granted bail, and on September 14 the police were called to her ground floor flat after she had called for an ambulance at 9.40 pm saying she was going to self-harm.

When officers arrived she said she had changed her mind and wanted them to leave, but as they were doing so one of them noticed she had picked up two small kitchen knives from a table.

Dumelow followed them out with a knife in each hand, and after ignoring three or four warnings to drop them, she was sprayed with CS gas and hit to the arm with a baton to force her to let go of the knives.

Mr Barnfield added that Dumelow had old convictions for offences including assault, but nothing since 1985.

But the court heard that after trying to strangle her sister she had been detained in a local psychiatric institution – and then moved to Broadmoor after starting a fire there.

Jonathan Veasey-Pugh, defending, said: “All the offences are attributable to the alcohol she was drinking, while that cannot excuse such behaviour.

“She describes this as a cry for help. She says she felt terrible about the assaults and is ashamed.

“She knows a custodial sentence is likely, but she has served the equivalent of an 11-month sentence on remand.”

Judge Alan Parker, who said Dumelow should not have been bailed after the first two incidents, told her: “The background to all of this behaviour is truly very disturbing indeed.

“You committed the offences against the background of posing a high risk to the public, specifically towards the police. I regard the spitting to be utterly repellent and abhorrent.

“I have no hesitation at all in coming to the conclusion that you are dangerous and present a significant risk of causing serious harm to members of the public.”

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