Suffolk

Suffolk window golliwog racial harassment charge

A woman has been charged with racially aggravated harassment after a neighbour complained about a golliwog displayed in her window.

Police investigated Jena Mason, 65, of College Road, Worlingham, over an alleged incident in August, Suffolk police confirmed.

Officers made inquiries following a complaint from a member of the public.

"Both the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and ourselves have agreed there is enough to prosecute," police said.

'Innocent act'

Ms Mason is due to appear before Lowestoft magistrates on 13 September.

Her solicitor James Hartley said she was "devastated" and intended to plead not guilty to the charge.

"It is an innocent act which has been interpreted in a completely different way," he said.

"She does not accept that she acted in a racial manner.

"It is a large house and she lives there with other members of her family and there is a grandson who is 16 months old. She was tidying up the toys."

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