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Golliwog woman denies race charge

A woman charged with racially aggravated harassment after displaying a golliwog in her window has denied the offence.

Jena Mason, 65, of College Lane, Worlingham, Suffolk, was arrested after her black neighbour Rosemarie O'Donnell complained about the doll to police.

At Lowestoft magistrates, she pleaded not guilty and her case was adjourned for a case management hearing on October 11.

Mason arrived at court flanked by her husband and two other men who attempted to block photographers at the entrance.

Appearing in the court's secure dock and wearing a cream suit, she spoke to confirm her name and address and enter a plea.

The row erupted after her neighbour complained about the doll on display at her manor home in the village.

Outside court, Howard Marjoram, 66, a BNP member from Lowestoft, said the party would be lending her support at future hearings.

He said: "To have all this fuss over a golliwog is a travesty and I am here to see justice done."

Mason was released on unconditional bail and did not speak as she left court.

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