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Soldier fined for anti-Muslim outburst in Blackpool chip shop

Soldier fined for anti-Muslim outburst in Blackpool chip shop

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Friday September 09 2016

The Blackpool Gazette reports on a fine imposed on a teenage soldier who, after a drunken bout of racially and religiously aggravated behaviour on a trip to Blackpool, found himself in court.

Tyler Pollitt, 18, a logistics gunner with the Royal Artillery, was described to the court as having “a very bright future in the Army.”

Pollitt appeared before Blackpool Magistrates court in connection with an incident at the Feast About takeaway shop in Blackpool on 20 August.

The court heard that Pollitt had visited the shop to buy fish and chips and complained after a portion of his chips had salt added on. The shop assistant served Pollitt a different portion but Pollitt carried on complaining and made abusive remarks about the shop worker’s “Muslim religion and ethnic origins.”

When a policewoman attempted to arrest Pollitt, he “threw himself to the floor claiming she had punched him, before making race hate remarks to a nearby group of Asian men.”

Pollitt pleaded guilty to religiously and racially aggravated threatening behaviour.

His defence solicitor told the court Pollitt had had too much to drink. He said his client was ashamed of his conduct and had voluntarily offered to pay his victim compensation.

Blackpool Magistrates court fined Pollitt £500 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the takeaway worker plus £50 victims’ surcharge.


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