Woman accused of "My Tram Experience" race rant to appear in court
A WOMAN accused of racially abusing passengers on a tram is set to appear in court tomorrow.
Emma West, 34, is due to appear at Croydon Crown Court on Friday for a plea and case management hearing.
The mother-of-two was charged with two racially aggravated public order offences after a video, which shows her apparently abusing black, Asian and Polish passengers while holding her four-year-old son, was posted on YouTube.
The recording, called My Tram Experience and filmed on a tram travelling between Croydon and Wimbledon, has been watched by more than 11 million people since it was uploaded on November 27 last year.
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West, of Grenville Road, New Addington, is also alleged to have caused fear and provocation of violence to passenger Ena-May Eubanks, who claims the former dental receptionist hit her on the shoulder with a "closed fist" which was enough to "push her off balance" during the incident on October 18.
West has yet to enter a plea to either charge. Her previous appearances in court have attracted the support of the British National Party (BNP) and English Defence League (EDL).
A post on right-wing blog Rant On UK, entitled 'Activists needed in Croydon this Friday' warns: "Expect a very large contingent of supporters for Emma West on Friday outside and inside the court.
"This is going to be a very interesting court case and may well be the trigger to something much bigger."
A post on white supremacist website Stormfront, however, warns her supporters to leave "party badges or affiliations at home".
Member 'Whitehammer1; said: "Any party trying to gain points are acting against the wishes of Emma's family."
It is understood West's family have specifically requested no demonstrations from either group.
For the latest on the hearing, see this website tomorrow (Friday).