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A 78-year-old community stalwart has been found guilty of a racist attack on a traveller family.

Prominent businesswoman José Hampson flew into a rage at the travellers who live in an encampment on Hut Lane, Heath Charnock, near her home.

The former school teacher and governor, who has run Hampson’s Toymaster, Market Street, Chorley, with her family for more than 60 years, appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The widow had pleaded not guilty to a racially aggravated offence of threatening, abusive or insulting language or behaviour.

The charge followed an incident on April 18 this year when Mrs Hampson was driving home from work at around 4pm.

A van was blocking her way on a narrow, single track lane, close to where the travellers – the Linfoot family – live.