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Man charged with racially aggravated assault – Yatton

We’ve charged a 48-year-old man with racially aggravated assault following an incident in Yatton yesterday morning.

Richard Penny, of Mendip Road, Yatton, has also been charged with possessing a knife, threatening a person with a knife and using threatening/ abusive words likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

The charges relate to an incident in a café at approximately 8.50am yesterday in which a woman in her 40s was assaulted and another woman, an off-duty Detention Officer, was threatened. Attending police officers were then threatened with a knife.

Penny has also been charged with another count of using threatening/ abusive words likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. This charge relates to an incident on High Street, Yatton at about 12pm on Friday, 4 September in which two women were verbally abused.

Penny appeared via video link at North Somerset Magistrates’ Court today where he was remanded in custody pending a hearing at Bristol Crown Court at a date yet to be set.