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Woman given community sentence for racist tram rant

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Emma West was filmed hurling abuse at passengers on board a tram

A WOMAN filmed hurling racist abuse on a London tram has been given a community sentence.

Emma West, 34, of new Addington, was handed a 24-month community order after admitting to racially-aggravated disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment or distress at Croydon Crown Court.

West was caught on a mobile phone video making offensive comments to passengers aboard a tram travelling between Croydon and Wimbledon.

The footage of the abuse was uploaded to YouTube where it was watched by 11 million viewers.

A judge said West was clearly suffering from mental health problems at the time of the outburst.

Prosecutor Julius Capon said: "She in essence persecuted a number of passengers on the tram, subjecting them to some disgusting racial abuse."

What she said included: "You're not English"; "none of you are English"; and "get back to your own countries".

David Martin-Sperry, representing West, said the defendant's offence was out of character, adding that she was taking anti-depressants and does not hold any racist beliefs.

Furthermore, her lawyer said she had unwittingly taken two-and-a-half times the recommended dose and consumed a large glass of wine before the tirade.

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