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Australian police charge woman for 'racist' train rant

Published on Jul 4, 2014 12:39 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian police have charged a woman for racially abusing passengers on a train after a video recording her tirade was posted online and went viral, sparking a social media backlash.

The 55-year-old, named by Australian media as Karen Bailey, was arrested late Thursday after allegedly launching an expletive-filled rant at young children and an Asian woman during a Sydney train journey.

New South Wales police said she was charged with offensive language and will appear in court later this month.

Bailey started to scream at two children aged seven and 10 after she boarded the train, telling their mother to "getting your fucking bogan children off the seat", the mother, Jade Marr, told the Newcastle Herald.

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