THE half-sister of the Earl of Radnor has been given a suspended sentence, after assaulting a woman in her 80s by hitting her in the stomach and shouting abuse.

Frances Pleydell-Bouverie, aged 46, of Anderson Road, Salisbury, appeared virtually at Basingstoke Magistrates Court this morning and pleaded guilty to assault and failing to comply with a community protection notice.

On Thursday Pleydell-Bouverie, who is related to Longford Castle owner William Pleydell-Bouverie, went to the home of a woman in her 80s intoxicated.

She demanded that the woman, who was known to her, give her some money so she could buy alcohol.

When the neighbour refused, Pleydell-Bouverie pleaded and verbally assaulted her before becoming abusive. She then hit her in the stomach before leaving the scene.

In October Pleydell-Bouverie was issued with a community protection notice which stated she must not be verbally abusive, swear and disturb residents in the Anderson Road area.

The incident on May 14 was a breach of the order.

Pleydell-Bouverie was issued with an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and an alcohol treatment requirement for eight months.

She was also ordered to pay £100 victim surcharge.

Inspector Pete Sparrow said: “I am pleased with this result as the behaviour of this individual has been impacting on local residents for a long period of time, creating demand on our services as well as causing anxiety to those living nearby during the lockdown.

“This sentence provides her the opportunity to resolve her personal issues which not only fuel her offending behaviour, but are to the detriment to her local community.”