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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Woman shouted racist abuse at men outside Carlisle club - court

A woman who racially abused a group of men outside a nightclub has been fined.

Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard that Hazel Walker, 51, hurled insults at the four youths outside the Attic nightclub on Crosby Street, Carlisle, in the early hours of February 2.

Adrienne Harris, prosecuting, said: “She was agitated and clearly drunk and went towards a group of four black youths shouting abuse at them.

“She admitted she might have told them to get out of the area.

“When asked if she had targeted them because of the colour of their skin she said ‘no, I have got a few black friends’.”

Walker, of Whinrigg, off Wigton Road, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to a charge of using racially aggravated and insulting words within the hearing of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm, or distress.

John Smith, defending, said: “She has a disfigurement herself and to some extent she can feel some empathy with the people who have suffered abuse for the colour of their skin.

“The reference to the colour of their skin is purely as a form of description.”

Magistrates fined Walker £95 plus a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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