Woman electronically tagged after racial assault at Crawley bar

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A woman who assaulted a staff member at the Octopus Bar in Crawley has been given a 12 week curfew order.

The curfew, which is from 8pm-8am daily, will be monitored by an electronic tag.

Police said Tracy Bresnihan, 34, unemployed, of Hanover Close, Redhill, was charged with racially aggravated common assault, criminal damage and resisting or obstructing a police officer in the lawful execution of his duty following a dispute with staff from the Octopus Bar on May 21.

Bresnihan was ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs when she pleaded guilty at court in Crawley on June 4.

Sergeant Peter Allan, from Sussex Police’s hate crime unit, said the sentence sent a clear signal to those who targeted people based on their race, disability, gender identity, religion or sexual orientation.

He added: “I hope it will encourage other victims of hate crime to report such behaviour to the police.

“Hate crime can be reported to us by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. For those who wish to report online, you can do so by completing the short form at http://bit.ly/1fTDYJh.”