Blackpool race hate woman in court

A woman committed race-hate attacks on two brothers when she went into the store they ran in Blackpool.

After being asked to leave the store Natasha Reid told the brothers: " What are you going to do if I don't leave - get Al Qaeda."

In the fracas which followed as the brothers tried to escort her out she punched out at both and scratched one on the head as she shouted racial abuse at them.

Reid, unemployed, aged 37, of Palatine Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to two offences of racially aggravated assault and one offence of racially aggravated threatening behaviour.

She was sentenced to a 24 months community order with up to 30 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service and ordered to pay the brothers £100 compensation each with £85 victims' surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Peter Collins, told him: "Drink has played a big part in your offending and we hope with the help of the probation service you will not go back to it and you will get your life back on track."

Prosecutor, Martine Connah, said on April 10 at 12.50am Reid went into the Buy Low Bargains store, Central Drive. She made race-hate remarks, kept asking one of the brother's to have sex with her and attacked both brothers when they tried to get her to leave.

When interviewed Reid told police she had bought three litres of strong cider from the same store earlier in the day. She had gone to the beach and drunk the cider and also taken two boxes of painkillers for a tooth problem she needed dental surgery on.

Reid added she was not a racist and when shown CCTV of the offences she asked for it to be turned off because she was so embarrassed.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said his client had little memory of the events and was horrified when told what she had said and done. Reid said it was not unusual for her to buy alcohol from that store and she regarded both brothers as friends. She had an issue with alcohol which ran through her offending.

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