Disgust over abuse at beach

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An experienced magistrate has branded a race hate ordeal suffered by a family on a Blackpool beach “disgusting”.

The family suffered such a barrage of racist abuse that they packed their bags and went home, a court was told.

The husband, his English wife and three daughters had just arrived in Blackpool and were taking their first walk on the beach when they were confronted.

The wife was racially abused and two of her daughters who were wearing headscarves were taunted with chants.

The racially aggravated abuse came from two 23-year-old woman who live in Blackpool.

Then the incident, next to Blackpool’s North Pier, then escalated with young men joining in shouting “EDL” and “BNP”.

At one stage the family were surrounded and had no where to escape until Coastguard officers intervened and called police.

The family’s three daughters were all in tears as both their mother and father were challenged to fights and threatened with being bottled.

Before Blackpool Magistrates Court were Natalie Wilkinson, of Boundary Court,Blackpool who admitted three charges of racially aggravated threatening behaviour and disorder. She was sent for sentence at Preston Crown Court because she is already on a suspended jail term.

Nicola Lloyd, of Claremont Court, was found guilty in her absence and the magistrates issued a warrant for her arrest.

The couple’s 17-year-old daughter said in evidence: “There was nowhere for us to go and lads were shouting BNP and EDL. It was only when the Coastguard officers turned up it all stopped.”

Chairman of the Bench Ron Bell: “We find the cases against the absent defendant proved and issue a warrant for her arrest.

“What happened here was disgusting.”

“Blackpool prides itself on being a family resort.”