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Eastenders actress cleared of racist abuse

2015-02-12 03:53:22

Linda Henry

EastEnders actress Linda Henry, who plays Shirley Carter, has been cleared of racially abusing a council warden.

She was accused of abusing a black female community warden after being reprimanded for dropping a cigarette butt in Greenwich, south London last September.

Bexley Magistrates' Court heard allegations she had told the wardens they had no "photographic evidence" and asked "Do you know who I am? I'm Shirley."

The court heard that, having previously refused to hand over personal details, Henry gave the warden limited information, including what the officer suspected was a fake postcode.

Henry was then alleged said to have told the woman: "Who do you think you are? Go away, f*** off, n*****."

But the 55-year-old actress strongly denied using racially aggravated threatening or abusive words.

The actress, of Kelvington Road, southeast London, was supported at court by her former EastEnders co-star Cheryl Fergison, who played Heather Trott.

Henry, who has played feisty barmaid Shirley since 2006, is also known for her role as Yvonne Atkins in the drama Bad Girls between 1999 and 2003.

Source: msn.com

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