A FEMALE drug addict picked up a needle and threw it at police officers who had attended because a member of the public was concerned for the woman's safety.

Blackburn magistrates heard the woman, who shouted 'here, have it' before launching the syringe at the officers, was eventually arrested after being Tasered.

Amanda Marie Nerney, 34, of Leyland Road, Burnley, pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker.

She was made subject to a community order for 12 months, with a 20 day rehabilitation activity requirement and nine month drug rehabilitation requirement.

She was fined £40 and ordered to pay a £90 victim surcharge.

Ann Deakin, prosecuting, said police were called to Parker Street after a member of the public saw Nerney taking drugs and had been concerned for her safety.

When officers arrived she was in the rear garden of a house and was clearly under the influence of drugs.

"There was a needle on the floor besides her and she was warned not to touch it," said Mrs Deakin.

"Despite that she picked up the needle and threw it at the officers."

Mark Williams, defending, said the needle was thrown in the direction of the officers but there was no contact.

"It is clear this incident arises out of drug misuse and the conclusion in the pre-sentence report aims to address that," said Mr Williams.