Tottenham man fined for spouting racist abuse at Finsbury Park after Arsenal match
PUBLISHED: 13:11 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:11 14 February 2013
A man has been fined for racially abusing a Tube worker because she told him not to block an exit.
Melton Collington, 45, of Pembury Road, Tottenham, subjected a woman working at Finsbury Park Underground station to an “intimidating and frightening experience” on Saturday November 10 last year, an officer said.
Collington threatened the woman and spouted racist abuse after she asked him to move away because he was blocking the station’s Wells Terrace entrance.
The incident took place after an Arsenal versus Fulham match, when Finsbury Park was swamped with fans and that entry was being used as an exit only. Collington had already been told he would have to walk around to Station Place to get into the station.
He was convicted of racially aggravated harassment on Tuesday at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay a fine, compensation, and costs totalling £420.
Pc Brendan Jones, British Transport Police’s investigating officer, said: “This was an intimidating and frightening experience for a member of staff who was simply doing her job and did not deserve to be spoken to in this manner.
“Tube staff should not have to endure abuse or violence at work and we will seek to arrest and prosecute anyone who thinks this type of behaviour is acceptable.”
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