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Judge resigns after an alleged racist remark

By Emma Clark

A district judge has resigned after he allegedly told a court that a crime victim "won't be working anywhere important" because her surname is Patel.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it made an official complaint about Deputy District Judge Richard Terrence Peter Hollingworth after his "inappropriate" comments about the harassment victim at Preston Magistrates' Court. He allegedly made the racist remark after the prosecution said 22-year-old Deepa Patel might struggle to attend the court at short notice for the sentencing of the defendant.

He reportedly replied: "It won't be a problem. She won't be working anywhere important." When prosecutor Rachel Parker asked him to clarify his comments he replied: "With a name like Patel, and her ethnic background, she won't be working anywhere important."

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office confirmed Judge Hollingworth's role as a first tier immigration judge is under review.

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