Former England star Trevor Sinclair 'accused officer of racism before urinating in police car'

Former England star Trevor Sinclair racially abused a policeman after being arrested for drink driving whilst twice the limit, a court heard.

Tuesday, 2nd January 2018, 10:48 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd January 2018, 3:50 pm
Trevor Sinclair arriving at Blackpool Magistrates' Court with his wife Natalie last month (Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

The 44-year-old TV pundit, asked the officer if he was being arrested because he was black, accusing the police of racism before urinating in a police car, Blackpool Magistrates' Court heard.

Sinclair, a patron of the charity Kick It Out, continued being racist after he was taken to the cells at Blackpool Police Station.

Sinclair, of Victory Boulevard, Lytham, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to drink driving and a racially aggravated public order offence on November 12 last year. Nick Freeman, representing Sinclair, said the 'catalyst' for his behaviour that night was being subjected to racism, in front of his family, while out having a meal hours earlier.

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Mr Freeman said a woman had approached the father of four, patting him on the head and calling him a 'little chocolate man'.

After Sinclair's guilty pleas, the prosecution dropped other charges including assault on a police officer, failing to provide a specimen, and criminal damage.

Sinclair is expected to be sentenced later today.