Man accused of racist attack on shopkeeper and her son

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A MAN accused of launching a racist attack on a South Tyneside shopkeeper and her son is to stand trial.

James Heslop allegedly lashed out at the woman, who runs the Post Office at Horsley Hill, South Shields, after she told him and a group of friends to move from the doorway.

The 24-year-old is said to have hurled racist abuse at the woman and pushed her into the hoarding outside the shop before making similar remarks to her son and throwing a can of pop in his face.

He was at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court facing two charges of assault and two charges of racially-aggravated assault.

Heslop, of St Cuthbert’s Avenue, South Shields, denied all of the charges.

Magistrates accepted jurisdiction of the case and a trial date was set for January 13 next year.

He was granted bail until then, on condition he doesn’t contact prosecution witnesses.