Doncaster plunge threat woman’s warning

A woman on top of the Frenchgate Centre.
A woman on top of the Frenchgate Centre.

A young woman who caused severe disruption by threatening to jump from high buildings in Doncaster twice in four days has narrowly avoided going to jail.

Chantelle Charles was given a suspended four months’ prison sentence when she appeared before Doncaster magistrates and admitted being a public nuisance.

The 28-year-old has also been placed on a night curfew to remain at her home in Chequer Avenue, Hyde Park, from 6pm to 8am every day until June 27 and was placed under supervision to address her drink problem by attending a Together Women programme for 26 sessions.

Magistrate Brian Scattergood told Charles her actions “caused a major disruption, constituting a risk to public safety for the citizens of Doncaster.”

In the space of four days she threatened to throw herself from two high-rise flats.

The first was Sandbeck House on the St James Street estate and then the top of the Frenchgate Centre. The second incident, on Monday, March 31, caused massive disruption during the morning rush-hour because Trafford Way was completely closed to traffic for several hours while police negotiators talked her down from the roof above Sainsbury’s.

A handful of people used social media to urge her to jump.

People took to Facebook to criticise the amount of resources used in the second incident. The first incident resulted in a charge of using a public communications network for the purpose of causing annoyance and inconvenience and the second was of causing a public nuisance, both of which she admitted.

Doncaster police hope the sentence will deter others. Supt Eddie Murphy said: “By taking this positive action, we hope that the public of Doncaster feel reassured that we will pursue prosecutions for this type of offence if we feel it is appropriate and in the individual’s best interest.

“By pleading guilty at court, the woman has shown that she understands her actions had serious consequences.”