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Racist Rotherham menace jailed after following victims to work


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A racist menace from Rotherham has been jailed for a campaign of racially aggravated harassment.

Barbara Aitchison, 57, subjected her victims to verbal and physical abuse and even followed them to work, grabbing and assaulting one of her victims on one occasion.

The harassment and attacks took place between March and June last year and left Aitchison’s victims living in fear, where they were “afraid to leave their homes”.

READ MORE: Police battle shocking surge in racial harassment reports across Yorkshire

Aitchison, of The Lanes, Rotherham, was jailed for 26 weeks at Sheffield Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday 21). She had been found guilty of racially aggravated harassment and racially aggravated common assault at an earlier hearing.

During her sentencing hearing yesterday, Aitchison was also served an indefinite restraining order which bans her from contact, directly or indirectly, with her victims.

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Hate Crime Officer PC Chris Nicholson said: “Aitchison’s victims lived in fear and ended up being afraid to leave their homes in case they were confronted.

“This was a prolonged and drawn out series of offences which has had a significant impact on the victims, who have been repeatedly racially abused and harassed.

“We are pleased that Aitchison has received a custodial sentence alongside her restraining order, it sends a signal that this type of criminality will be dealt with.

“Any form of hate crime or abuse is totally unacceptable and I want people to know that where these kind of offences are committed, and where we can gather supporting evidence, South Yorkshire Police will pursue justice.”

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