A drunken 42-year-old woman, whose violent and racist behaviour on a morning train from Blackpool to Kirkham was shared on Lytham St. Anne’s News, has been banned from every train in the United Kingdom. In Blackpool Magistrates Court today (Friday 13th May) Amanda Bright, a mother of three currently on Universal Credit, admitted drunkenly terrorising passengers and staff on a Northern Rail journey on 5th April from Blackpool North to Kirkham. Blackpool magistrates have, however, allowed her just one last trip by rail – to go back home to Morecambe.
Magistrates heard how Bright was a passenger on the 8 a.m. train travelling between Blackpool North and Kirkham. She launched an unprovoked and drunken attack on a fellow female passenger who was hit and kicked on both her face and head. When the guard tried to intervene, Bright racially abused him. Bright also shouted threats and abuse which terrorised other passengers before she got off the train at Kirkham.
In Court, Bright, 42, of Ullswater Avenue, Morecambe, admitted assaulting the woman passenger causing actual bodily harm; racially aggravated harassment and a separate harassment charge. She will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court and, as well as her rail ban, she was made subject to a 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew.
Hugh Pond, defending, told the Court, ‘The police put details of her behaviour on Facebook and it was publicised. She had been to Blackpool for a couple of days. She had been feeling depressed and drinking heavily. She may have been drinking all night before getting the train back home to Morecambe. She has shown the video of what she did and accepted it was appalling and that she was totally and utterly intoxicated.’