Carol Lea

Carol Lea
Screengrab via Metro

Carol Lea, a male who identifies as a trans woman, was convicted at Liverpool Magistrates Court in May 2019 of possession of an offensive weapon and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

Lea, 55, was fined £120 for possessing the hammer, another £85 for the threatening behaviour, court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £30.

Despite being male and being accompanied by a female partner, (not to mention clearly being the aggressor wielding a hammer in the videos) Lea claimed to have been attacked in a “homophobic” outburst.

In several videos widely posted on social media and in online news coverage, a teenager is seen being repeatedly and extremely violently assaulted and having to defend herself from Carol Lea wielding the hammer. The young woman needed hospital treatment for a head injury. We have chosen not to post the videos as they are so distressing.

Media coverage suggests a row over a parking space preceded the attack, and the videos appear to show Lea attacking the young woman as the passenger in the car – i.e. not her male companion, the driver (who presumably parked the car).

All coverage and headlines report Lea as a woman and suggest it was female on female violence. The local police also referred to two women (Lea and a female accomplice) being arrested.

Worryingly, a publicly available LinkedIn profile for a Carole Lea indicates a history of working with young people via the charity Gingerbread, employment by North West NHS as “discussing Gender to Students at Liverpool Hope University and Wirral Hospital Trust” and five years as “trainer to Merseyside Police in areas of Equality and Diversity, trained staff at all levels of the Police force.”

The Times recently exposed several police forces in the UK using transgender activists with a record of using insulting language or even violence against women in equality and diversity training sessions. In 2018, a trans activist, Tara Wood, was convicted of assaulting a woman and recently a male who identifies as a trans woman (who was previously imprisoned for domestic violence) was permitted to access a shelter for vulnerable homeless women.

Media reports

Liverpool Echo
https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/shocking-moment-woman-uses-hammer-16349776:

Metro
https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/10/woman-gets-hammer-row-disabled-bay-parking-outside-kfc-9487975/

Liverpool Echo
https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/woman-attacks-people-hammer-outside-16254501

The Sun
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9047409/women-brawl-kfc-disabled-parking-space-liverpool/

Daily Mail
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7014213/Shocking-moment-brawl-erupts-KFC-disabled-parking-space-one-woman-brandishes-HAMMER.html

St Helens Star
https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/17631710.two-women-arrested-after-car-park-fight-involving-hammer-threat/