Customer made racist comment at takeaway

Flames takeaway, on Queen Street, Blackpool
Flames takeaway, on Queen Street, Blackpool
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A man who went into a Blackpool takeaway for a burger made race-hate remarks to a member of staff.

Andrew McGarvey then struggled and swore as two police officers tried to arrest him.

McGarvey, 45, of Maitland House, Maitland Street, Preston, denied racially aggravated threatening behaviour and two offences of resisting arrest but was found guilty of the offences after a trial.

He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months and put on one year’s supervision during which he must undergo alcohol counselling,

Blackpool magistrates also ordered him to pay compensation of £100 to the takeaway worker, and £50 compensation to each police officer, plus £200 costs with £80 victims’ surcharge.

Presiding magistrate, Peter Collins, told McGarvey: “You have shown a lack of respect to human beings, abusing people who work in the catering industry and police officers.”

The incident happened on the evening of April 11.

Brett Chappell, defending, said McGarvey conceded he had done wrong and wanted to express his remorse for the offences. McGarvey agreed the catalyst for his offending was drink.

He accepted he needed professional help.

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