It’s the great Granny Golly caper:
“Neighbours row over golliwog in the window
A grandmother has been charged with racially aggravated harassment after she allegedly displayed a golliwog doll in her window following a row with a neighbour.
7:04AM BST 07 Sep 2011
Jena Mason, 65, is accused of placing the controversial black doll on her window sill following an argument with her neighbour Stephen O’Donnell.
Mr O’Donnell made a complaint to police after his wife Rosemarie, who is Jamaican, and their mixed race children were offended by her actions.
He said: “I am pleased the police are taking this seriously.
“My family have found the whole thing quite dreadful. Often these things can get out of control and our objective is to put an absolute stop to it.”
Mr O’Donnell, who lives in a £1.2m converted barn, called police to the road he shares with Mrs Mason in Worlingham, near Beccles, Suffolk, following the incident on Sunday, August 7.
Mrs Mason was arrested and has now been charged with racially aggravated harassment, which is an offence under section 28 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
Speaking at the time the complaint was made Jena Mason claimed she was not racist and that the incident was a “misunderstanding”.
She said: “I was completely and utterly surprised. For me to be accused of this is silly. It must be a misunderstanding.”
Mrs Mason apparently claimed she believed the doll had been innocently put in the ground floor window of the 16th century home along with other toys by a child to get them out of the way of a family dog.
It is believed that the neighbours have had a long-running disagreement over plans by Mrs Mason and her husband, Terry, 71, to build new stables on their land.
It is alleged that the golliwog appeared in the window days after the local council granted planning permission.
The golliwog began as a children’s book character in the late 19th century before being reproduced as a toy.
Its controversial caricature image, with black skin, white-rimmed eyes, clown lips and frizzy hair, is considered by many to be racially offensive.
Jam manufacturer Robertson’s withdrew its golliwog mascot from television advertising in 1988 and dropped it from all its marketing by 2002.
A Suffolk police spokesman said: “Police were contacted just after 7.10pm on August 7 by a member of the public who reported that following a dispute between her family and parties at the address a toy had appeared in the window of a property and she considered this to be racially offensive.
“A 65-year-old woman was arrested and later released on police bail. She has now been charged with racially aggravated harassment.
“The charge relates to the display of writing, signs or other visible representations, which are threatening, abusive or insulting, within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress.”
Mrs Mason is due to appear at Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday”
In an exclusive interview with the GriffinWatch team Mr G. Wog said:
“I just jumped off the jam jar label and hopped onto the windowsill for a quick peak out of the window, the next thing I saw was a police armed responce unit parked outside and six burly coppers smashing the front door in. Innit”
(I made that last bit up actually, everyone knows that Golliwogs can’t speak English)