Racist abuse scares neighbour

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A pensioner found himself in court after making race-hate remarks to his Irish neighbour.

Arthur Hunter repeatedly banged on his neighbour’s door shouting abuse.

Hunter, 68, of Lyndon Place, Bispham, denied racially aggravated threatening behaviour but was found guilty after a trial in his absence.

He was fined £110 and given a 12-month restraining order by Blackpool magistrates which bans him from contacting his neighbour.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said on February 1 the victim, who lived on the same small estate, had two visits from him.

Hunter, who had been drinking, left the victim shaken.

Martin Hillson, defending, said his client had an issue with his alcohol and mental health problems for which he was receiving treatment.