8 notorious female criminals jailed over shocking and heinous South Yorkshire crimes

As a 28-year-old woman begins an 18-year sentence for a pair of shocking Sheffield attacks, here are the details of some of the county’s most notorious female criminals.

During a sentencing hearing held at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday June 27, 2023, Cyrus Scarborough received an 18-year sentence, with 13 years to be served in custody and five years on extended licence, for two unprovoked attacks.

The court heard how South Yorkshire Police were called to London Road at around 3am on Sunday, April 24, after reports that a man had been attacked in a pub.

The jury was told Scarborough, formerly of Raynville Road, Leeds, had launched an unprovoked attack on her victim, pushing him to the floor, whilst shouting 'I'm going to kill you'. Scarborough sat on top of her victim, before pushing her fingers into the victim's eyes, causing the man, aged in his 50s, to permanently lose his sight in one eye.

Just two days later on Tuesday, April 26, Scarborough was at a friend’s house when she attacked another man.

She attacked him with a knife, stabbing him three times in his chest, neck and head and also breaking a glass bottle on the back of his head. The victim, a man in his 30s, sustained serious cuts, but went on to make a full recovery.

In recent years, Sheffield Crown Court has brought a number of notorious female criminals to justice for heinous crimes including murder, Section 18 assault, unlawful wounding and facilitating child abuse.

Most of the defendants included on this list are currently serving time in prison at His Majesty’s Pleasure.