Tube rant ac­cused locked up

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A WO­MAN ac­cused of racially abus­ing fel­low pas­sen­gers on a busy tram watched a film of her al­leged rant in court yes­ter­day.

Emma West, 34, ap­peared at Croy­don Mag­is­trates’ Court charged with a racially ag­gra­vated pub­lic or­der of­fence.

She cried as the three mag­is­trates watched the footage, which has now been seen 11 mil­lion times.

An ad­min­is­tra­tive er­ror ear­lier led to Ms West en­ter­ing a not guilty plea. The court file was later amended to show she has not yet pleaded and she was re­manded in cus­tody un­til Jan­uary 3.

The de­fen­dant, of New Ad­ding­ton, was ar­rested af­ter the footage, filmed on a Croy­don to Wim­ble­don tram, was posted on Youtube.

A bail ap­pli­ca­tion was de­nied to pro­tect her safety. She was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear by vide­olink for a com­mit­tal hear­ing at Croy­don Mag­is­trates’ Court.

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