Romford West Ham fan accused of harassing Jewish man on flight
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Lee Carey, 56, of Brentwood Road in Romford, and 31-year-old Jak Bruce, of Dartford in Kent, allegedly committed the offence while en route to a match in Europe on November 4.
On a flight to Eindhoven in the Netherlands, the pair reportedly directed chants towards a man in Orthodox Jewish dress.
Essex Police said the pair were travelling to a West Ham game against Belgian side Genk.
They appeared before Chelmsford Crown Court today (May 17).
No pleas were entered at today's hearing; however, both men indicated they would deny the charge during a previous hearing at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court.
They will next appear at the same crown court on June 13, while trial proceedings have been placed on a warned list which begins on February 27 next year.
A warned list describes a list of backup cases which can be called if another trial cannot go ahead.
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The defendants are both on bail.
Causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress is an offence under s4A of the Public Order Act.
It is a triable either way offence, meaning the defendant will be asked if he would plead guilty or not guilty if the matter were to proceed to trial.