Racist threats land man in court

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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AN Irishman called English police officers pigs and yelled out an IRA slogan which meant “Our day will come.”

Anthony McLaughlin, 30, of Lord Street, Blackpool, admitted racially aggravated threatening behaviour and being drunk and disorderly.

He was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said police on Queen Street were told McLaughlin had punched another man at 2.15am on October 5.

When challenged McLaughlin became abusive, repeatedly swearing at officers and calling them “English pigs.”

He also shouted out in Irish an IRA term which translated as “Our day will come.” He struggled and had to be taken to the floor when arrested.

Another incident happened at 12.30am on October 12 when police saw McLaughlin being ejected from a club in Market Street.

He then walked into the middle of the road with his middle fingers raised.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said McLaughlin had lived in Northern Ireland but left after he was shot in both ankles in 2001.

Mr Duffy added: “Whatever horrors he saw in Northern Ireland and whatever demons he carries inside him, he needs to be reminded he can’t behave in this manner.”

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