Woman arrested over racist rant on tram that appeared on YouTube and went viral
Published 29/11/2011 | 08:45
A WOMAN has been arrested in connection with a foul-mouthed racist rant that was caught on camera on a busy tram.
The 34-year-old from New Addington in Croydon, south London, was held on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence after a video came to light on YouTube.
The two-minute clip showed a woman insulting passengers while holding a toddler on her lap in a full tram carriage on the Croydon to Wimbledon service in South London.
It quickly spread via Twitter and YouTube, sparking outrage, as the woman in the video could be heard demanding foreign workers "go back to their own country".
It shows the expletive-filled tirade aimed at other passengers while the woman's son plays with a toy figure on her lap.
She can be heard saying: "What has this country come to ... with loads of black people and a load of f------ Polish.
"Sort out your own countries, don't come and do mine, Britain is nothing now, Britain is f--- all, my Britain is f--- all now."
When a passenger points out there are children on board, she replies: "Yeah fine, I've got my little kid here."
Tension almost boils over when the incensed woman attempts to pronounce "Nicaragua" and a young black man has to be calmed down by others.
The passenger continued to try to stop the woman insulting commuters and said: "If we didn't come here you guys wouldn't have people to work. We have to come here and do the work for you."
The clip, entitled "My Tram Experience", ends when another white passenger tells the woman she is waking up her baby.
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “A 34-year-old woman from New Addington was arrested on Monday, 28 November on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.
“This relates to a video which appeared on YouTube and was brought to police attention earlier today.”