Blackpool woman racially abused man on bus

A Blackpool woman racially abused a man on a bus after he could not give her a light for a cigarette.

Alysia Wignall made race hate remarks believing the victim, who was in his fifties, was from Pakistan when in fact he was of Indian origin.
She told police her father had brought her up as a racist but later admitted that was nonsense.
Wignall, unemployed, a 45-year-old mother-of-one, of St Michaels Close, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated threatening behaviour.
She was fined £120 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the aggrieved plus £30 victims' surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Prosecutor, Adrian Hollamby, said on June 19 at midday the victim was waiting for a bus on West Street when Wignall asked him for a light but he could not provide one.
He got on the bus and Wignall followed him shouting racial abuse as he went up the stairs. Other passengers shouted at her to stop and the driver stopped the bus and asked her to leave, but she would not.
At the police station she apologised and told officers "I'm sorry for what I said. I can't help it. my dad brought me up as a racist."
Mitch Sarangi, defending, said the day of the offence Wignall, who was of mixed race, had been binge drinking.
She had been under the influence of alcohol when she said to police about her dad bringing her up as a racist and later admitted that was nonsense.
She had been appalled at her behaviour and asked for her apologies to be given to the victim.

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