Wales

Prestatyn man denies race-hate in doll court case

Llandudno Magistrates' Court Image copyright Kenneth Allen/Geograph
Image caption Jason Wakefield-Jones, 50, appeared at Llandudno Magistrates' Court on Wednesday

A man has appeared in court on a race-hate charge after a woman complained about a golliwog doll in his window.

Jason Wakefield-Jones, of Bastion Road, Prestatyn, is accused of intending to cause harassment, alarm or distress and that the offence was racially aggravated.

Mr Wakefield-Jones appeared at Llandudno Magistrates' Court.

The 50-year-old denied the sole charge against him and was bailed until a trial before magistrates next month.

The court heard the alleged incident took place on 4 January.

Defending solicitor Roger Thomas said the item was a toy in a first-floor window and only one person had complained.

The golliwog is a fictional character created by Florence Kate Upton that appeared in children's books in the late 19th Century, usually depicted as a type of rag doll.

It has become controversial for its perceived racist connotations.

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