Woman fined for hitting burka-wearer in Woolwich

A woman has been fined for shouting racist remarks and punching a woman wearing a burka in south-east London.

Tracy Davies, 46, of Charlton Lane, Charlton, was found guilty on Wednesday of racially aggravated common assault.

Bexley Magistrates' Court heard she attacked the Somali woman, 55, who was shopping with her daughter in Woolwich town centre.

Davies was ordered to pay a £150 fine, £100 compensation, and £105 to cover costs.

'Sheer bigotry'

The court heard that shoppers in Woolwich town centre immediately went to the woman's aid and gave the police statements when they arrived.

Supt Parm Sandhu said of the 29 June incident: "Davies' racist and repugnant remarks were simply triggered by seeing a woman in a burka.

"This attack was completely unprovoked and the result of sheer bigotry."

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