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Aggressive and racist female spitter handed prison sentence after staff assault - Euston

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A 29-year-old woman who spat at a member of rail staff and then punched them, was last week handed a 26 week prison sentence. 

The incident happened just before 1.15am on Saturday 15 April at Euston station in London.  Toni Pottle, of no fixed abode, was seen by a member of Network Rail staff to be harassing a passenger on the main concourse. The female member of staff approached Pottle and asked her to leave the station. However, Pottle decided to ignore this request and started to racially abuse her.

Pottle started to walk away from the scene, but later changed her mind and returned to the member of staff. It is at this point that Pottle punched her and spat in her face, claiming “you’re lucky it wasn’t an uppercut, I’m from the Ends”. 

Police were quickly on scene and arrested Pottle, before taking her to police custody. She was later charged with one count of assault by beating and one count of racially aggravated assault. 

Pottle appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ court on Monday 17 April where she pleaded not guilty. Following a trial, she was found guilty of the offences and was sentenced at the same court on Wednesday 14 June. Along with the prison sentence, Pottle was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115. 

The arresting officer, Sergeant Neil McGrath from British Transport Police, said: “Pottle’s behaviour was quite frankly disgusting, her nonsensical racial abuse has no place in our society and I welcome this sentence. Thankfully, the victim did not sustain any serious injuries, nevertheless this would have been an extremely frightening experience. This call came direct from Staff to Officers at Euston and the female was detained in the course of spitting at the victim.

“No one should ever be subject so such nasty and unprovoked violence, least of all for simply doing your job. We will never stand for this type of behaviour and will actively seek the toughest of sentences. Pottle will now spend the next 26 weeks behind bars, plenty of time to reflect upon her actions.”

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