Man fined over racially aggravated verbal attack

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A man committed a racially aggravated verbal attack when he said to a woman police officer: “Get back to Ireland and blow someone up.”

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

Blackpool Magistrates heard that the officer was offended by the remark because she is from Northern Ireland and has an Irish accent.

She and a colleague arrested Fowler who lives on a caravan site on Fairfield Road, Kirkham. When he was asked why he said what he had he said his brother had been killed by the Irish, but wouldn’t expand.

Sharon Child, prosecuting, said that Fowler made other foul mouthed threats.

John McLaren, defending, said the remark has been made out of annoyance. He added: “He has some reservations that the remarks were racist.”

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