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Ballerina kicked a cop in the groin and scratched another after being told she was too drunk to board Heathrow flight

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A BALLERINA kicked a police officer in the groin and scratched another in the face after being told she was too drunk to board a flight at Heathrow.

Daiana Andreas Rivera, 33, lashed out after being reported to officers by other travellers for being drunk and disorderly at a pub in the airport.

She had been due to fly back to her home town of Madrid, Spain, after recently being made homeless from her address in London.

Ms Rivera, who performed in Spain’s prestigious Víctor Ullate Ballet company, was also found with a lock knife in Terminal 2 of the airport.

She wept as she appeared at Isleworth crown court via video link from HMP Bronzefield yesterday.

The Spanish/Colombian dancer told the court she was not feeling very well during the brief hearing. She is due to be sentenced for three offences of common assault on an emergency worker and possession of a knife on Tuesday.

At an earlier hearing at Ealing magistrates’ court, she admitted being drunk and disorderly in the Flying Chariot, a Wetherspoon pub in the airport.

Her solicitor said she was becoming increasingly disruptive, and her behaviour got worse when she could not find her passport in her luggage.

She became aggressive when police officers said she would be unable to board her flight.

The solicitor said: “When the officers tried to escort her to a police van, she tried to bite an officer on the arm, as well as kicking and scratching him.

“She became more aggressive and kicked another officer in the testicles before grabbing the other officer and drew blood with her nails.

“Ms Rivera did not attack anyone with the lock knife, she forgot she had it with her.”

At that hearing she was fined £100 for being drunk and disorderly and was denied bail.

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