'˜Vile' racist Portsmouth mum spared jailed: Judge criticises probation failings

THE judge hearing racist Samarah Rivers' case hit out at probation 'oversights' in monitoring offenders.

Thursday, 11th October 2018, 5:48 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th October 2018, 6:54 pm
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Rivers, 42, appeared in court having already been handed a community order for anti-Semitic abuse of a woman.

In the latest case the court was told officers had gone to her former partner's home to a domestic incident to find her drunk in the kitchen clutching her young son.

Rivers unleashed a torrent of racial abuse at officers as they took her son to safety.

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It emerged she carried out her latest crime at a time when the privately-run but government-funded Community Rehabilitation Company had 'lapsed' in its work with her.

District judge Anne Arnold, who said the courts would not tolerate '˜the most vile anti-Semitic' abuse, added : 'I'm extremely disappointed to read yet again of the failing of the Community Rehabilitation Company oversights in monitoring offenders.'

As reported, CRCs will be stripped of their contracts in in 2020 - two years earlier than they were due to end.

Reforms in 2014 saw probation split into CRCs and the National Probation Service, which deals with more serious cases.