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Posted on Friday 15 September 2023
Rachel Shaw

A woman has been jailed after carrying out a public and violent attack on a Durham street.

In June this year, Rachel Shaw brutally attacked a woman outside of a launderette in Marshall Road.

The 43-year-old approached the victim, who she was in dispute with, grabbed her by the throat and pushed her to the ground whilst holding a knife.

Whilst hearing of the incident from a nearby shop, a second victim ran out and attempted to intervene.

Shaw then slashed the second victim causing stab wounds to her thigh, stomach and neck before retreating to her home opposite the scene.

When officers arrived at her address in Gilesgate, she threatened to throw boiling water and sugar at officers before refusing to leave her address, which resulted in a three-and-a-half-hour armed standoff.

Shaw was eventually detained following lengthy negotiations and arrested in connection with the incident.

She was later charged with common assault, possession of an offensive weapon and Section 18 wounding with intent.

Shaw appeared at Durham Crown Court yesterday (September 14) where she was handed a 24-month prison sentence.

Detective Constable Alistair Rogowski, form Durham City CID said: “This was a truly terrifying and violent attack on two women who happened to cross paths with Shaw that day.

“I am pleased we have been able to get the women the justice they deserve and I hope they can now close this chapter of their lives.”

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