Man’s racially aggravated jibe at officer

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A man has been fined after hurling racial abuse at an Irish police officer.

Kenneth Fowler, 55, was being helped by the police officer after someone found him asleep in the doorway of a farmhouse.

Blackpool Magistrates heard the officer took offence at a remark the labourer made because she came from Northern Ireland and spoke with an Irish accent.

She and a colleague arrested Fowler, who lives on a caravan site on Fairfield Road, Kirkham.

Sharon Child, prosecuting, said Fowler made other foul mounted threats to both officers .

John McLaren, defending, said: “He maintains he made the remark about the Irish out of annoyance at being arrested when he was just sleeping off alcohol he had drunk. He has some reservations that the remarks were racist.”

Fowler was found guilty and was fined £150 and told to pay £420 costs.

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