Nelson shop fracas: man in court

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A customer who caused trouble in a Nelson shop was abusive to staff and hurled racial insults at a police officer, Pennine magistrates heard.

Mohammed Ashraf started a commotion over a PlayStation at the Swap Shop in Leeds Road. Police were called and when an officer arrived, he insulted him, called him a “pig” and made threats.

Ashraf (36), of Berkeley Street, Nelson, admitted racially aggravated threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour. The defendant, who is on benefits, was fined £75, with £85 costs and was ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

The Bench chairman told Ashraf, said to have kept out of trouble since 2006: “You were offensive to the shop staff, causing them distress.”

He said the justices had decided not to make a restraining order as they felt it would be disproportionate.