Livid mum launched Facebook hunt for woman who ‘pushed’ son into ball pit

A furious mum who hounded a woman she claims pushed her son into a ball pit has been fined after refusing to apologise.

Livid Lauren Leadbeter raged on Facebook after a family trip to Wacky Warehouse in Longton, Staffordshire ended with her son being allegedly pushed by an adult.

The 27-year-old called the police but with no incriminating CCTV footage at the indoor play centre, no further action was taken, StokeOnTrentLive reports.

But Lauren refused to let the nudge go and shared a snap on Facebook of the woman who she believes sent her son tumbling into a pit of plastic balls.

She captioned the picture: "This is the **** what did that to (Leadbeter's son). Lucky the police were there because I would have bit half your face off. Someone must know this *****."

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre have now fined Leadbeter after she failed to do as instructed by police who told her to write a letter of apology.

Prosecutor Emma Thompson said: "There was an incident with this defendant and the victim, where the defendant claimed the victim had assaulted her son.

"Police viewed the CCTV and did not see an assault taking place, so no further action was taken.

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"Later that evening, the victim received a call from her dad saying her picture had been posted on Facebook."

The court heard Leadbeter then found out the victim's identity and put up a further post naming her. She also managed to locate the victim's phone number from the website of her business and called her numerous times.

Leadbeter, of Meir, Staffordshire, was arrested and admitted what she had done. Police initially gave her a caution with several conditions, including that she must write a letter of apology to the victim.

The mother-of-two refused to do so and was therefore charged and brought to court, where she pleaded guilty to a charge of sending a message that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.

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The offence took place on August 8 last year.

Numann Haque, mitigating, said: "Miss Leadbeter's intention was simply to try to find out who this lady was. She accepts the manner in which she wrote the post was not appropriate.

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"She accepts she did not write the letter because she was upset about the incident at the Wacky Warehouse. Her son was assaulted and no action could be taken.

"She felt why should she write a letter to the injured party when she had not apologised for what she did."

Magistrates handed Leadbeter an £80 and ordered her to pay an additional £169 in court costs and charges.

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