Traffic warden racially abused in Nelson

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A FATHER-OF-THREE hurled a torrent of racist abuse at a traffic warden after he was booked – then tried to stick his ticket on the victim’s chest, a court heard.

Mohammed Nawaz, who had a young child with him, launched into a frightening rant at Liam West in front of a crowd in Nelson town centre, branding him scum, and telling him: “All white people are horrible.”

Burnley Crown Court was told how Nawaz had been alleged to have referred to Lee Rigby, the fusilier killed in Woolwich, and to have threatened death to soldiers in Afghanistan, but denied making those comments.

Nawaz, 31, has 17 previous offences on his record and in 2012 was convicted after he threatened to petrol bomb a butcher’s shop.

The defendant, a part-time printing firm worker, of Reedyford Road, Nelson, admitted racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress, last May 28.

He was given a community order with 70 hours’ unpaid work and a 12 month restraining order, banning contact with Mr West.

Benjamin Lawrence, prosecuting, said Mr West was on duty at around 11.30am when he saw a Lexus car parked illegally in a cycle lane. As he began issuing a ticket, and photographing the car, the defendant returned and was racially abusive.
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