A woman accused of a racist rant on a tram broke down in tears as a video of the incident was played in court.

Emma West, of New Addington, was charged with a racially-aggravated public order offence after a video showing a woman abusing passengers on a Croydon tram was posted online on November 27.

The 34-year old, who originally pleaded not guilty, chose to be tried by a judge and jury and will re-enter a plea at Crown Court.

Wearing a black cardigan and a blue top, she cried out of the sight of the packed public gallery, as the two-and-a-half minute video was played.

She repeatedly wiped tears from her face during the hearing, which had a heavy police presence.

Miss West will spend Christmas in prison after magistrates refused her bail application.

She again broke down in tears, and shouted "no, please," as she was remanded in custody until her next hearing.

Family members also broke down and supporters in the public gallery shouted "what a disgrace" and "we love you Emma" as the decision was announced.

Chairman of the bench, Mr McNeil, told her she was being remanded in custody for her own safety after death threats were posted on YouTube and Facebook.

Miss West will reappear at Croydon Magistrates Court on January 3, 2012, for a committal hearing.