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Filip Golon Bednarczyk claimed he wanted to make fireworks but judge said explanation was ‘fanciful’

A mocking image of Filip Golon Bednarczyk stood outside a Luton church that was posted on his Facebook page

A far-right extremist has been jailed for possessing explosives and terrorist documents.

Filip Golon Bednarczyk, 26, denied planning an attack or attempting to make a bomb and claimed he was acting on “curiosity borne out of boredom”.

Giving evidence at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, he said he had downloaded numerous terrorist manuals and collected chemicals and components because he wanted to make fireworks.

But a judge said Bednarczyk’s explanations did not “bear scrutiny” and that he was interested in building bombs.

“I find your admitted right-wing sympathies were the motivation for your interest in explosives,” Judge Anthony Leonard QC told him.

“The idea you drew a circular diagram with nails and a detonator because you wanted to create a firework is fanciful … if the instructions had been followed it would have resulted in a working IED.”

Bednarczyk had admitted possessing an explosive substance under suspicious circumstances between May and December last year.

He also pleaded guilty to seven charges of possessing a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism in relation to various titles about homemade explosives and devices.

The judge sentenced him to four years in prison with another year on licence, and handed Bednarczyk a 15-year notification order in which he has to report his personal details to the police.

When entering his guilty pleas, Bednarczyk insisted he did not want to harm anyone and had not attempted to construct a bomb.

He admitted “right-wing sympathies” but denied being a neo-Nazi and said his online research had not focused on particular groups.

An analysis of his electronic devices revealed an interest in firearms, knives and killings as well as extreme right-wing views.

Filip Golon Bednarczyk cutting up a Britain First membership card in a 2017 YouTube video

The Old Bailey heard that he had a copy of the Christchurch attacker’s manifesto, which claimed white people are being “replaced”, and shared memes supporting the terror attack that left 51 people dead.

Bednarczyk had also searched the internet for Nazis, Hitler, the Polish Defence League — an offshoot of the English Defence League — and Britain First.

The Polish national, from Luton, had targeted Muslims, Jews and the gay community in hateful online posts.

In a Facebook post from July 2019, he shared photos of British police officers supporting Pride events and called them “pathetic”, writing: “Death of European culture and values”.

In 2015, Bednarczyk “liked” a meme showing Mecca being destroyed by nuclear weapons, and called for the burqa to be banned.

Another post suggested that “liberal blood will flow in the streets” for the tolerance of Muslims, transgender people, homosexuality, abortion and feminism.

The previous year, he shared an antisemitic meme which originated on 4chan showing world leaders wearing Jewish skullcaps.

On his YouTube channel, which has more than 4,000 subscribers, Bednarczyk uploaded a video of himself cutting up a Britain First membership card in 2017.

He was arrested by detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism unit on 11 December.

A search of his bedsit led to the discovery of handwritten notes, electrical component parts and a 2kg bag of sulphur powder inside a wardrobe.

Printed bomb-making instructions were found alongside a blank-firing pistol, a soldering iron and USB stick containing documents and images relating to explosives.

Expert analysis of the material was that it included “viable instructions for a range of explosive materials including low explosives, primary high explosives and secondary high explosives” and “viable instructions for a number of types of IED”, prosecutor Dan Pawson-Pounds told the court.

Bednarczyk said he bought potassium nitrate and sulphur over the internet but later tried to return them because he “lost interest” in it.

He said he did not open the sulphur and told the court: “Out of boredom I was thinking about experimenting with the chemicals for a little excitement in the garden.”

The defendant claimed he had forgotten about the items in his wardrobe and had accidentally downloaded terrorist manuals because he was taking documents off the internet “in bulk”.

Judge Leonard said it was not a “coincidence” that Bednarczyk had kept electronic parts that could have been used to make a detonator alongside the ingredients for gunpowder.

The judge said he was previously warned against keeping such material in March 2018, when police confiscated chemicals discovered at Bednarczyk’s home after his partner’s suicide.

Around that time, the defendant confided in a friend that he was concerned about what police would discover if they searched his computer, because he had been looking at how to make a bomb.

The court heard that Bednarczyk, who has a seven-year-old son in Poland, may have exaggerated symptoms of poor mental health during a psychiatric assessment and did not suffer from a condition that affected his culpability.

Defence barrister Beth O’Reilly told the court there was “no evidence of a terrorist connection” in the case, adding: “He describes his interest [in explosives] as curiosity, that interest wasn’t acted on.”

The Independent

Ryan Crinson, of County Durham, had already told his former partner, of Sunderland, he would make her life hell and blow up her car

A plasterer threatened to “do a Raoul Moat” days before he was due to appear in court for harassing his former partner.

Ryan Crinson had already told his ex he would blow up her car, “make her life hell” and drive his car through her friends’ homes during a series of unwanted calls in April and May.

The 32-year-old menace was arrested for harassment and told he had to appear in court on July 20.

But three days before his appearance, Crinson contacted his victim, who lived in Sunderland and had by then had moved house because of him, 30 times in one day.

During the calls on July 17, Crinson warned he would “do a Raoul Moat” – a reference to the notorious killer who went on a gun rampage after his relationship broke down.

Prosecutor Helen Towers told Newcastle Crown Court: “The complainant received 30 unwanted calls. She answered four and recorded them.

“The defendant was the caller and she described him as under the influence, his speech was slurred.

“During the calls he made offers of money for her not to go to court.

“He stated he knew where she was living and gave a location.

“He stated he would blow her car up.

“He also stated he would do a Raoul Moat.”

Crinson, of Upper Town, Wolsingham, County Durham, admitted harassment and threatening behaviour.

Judge Tim Gittins sentenced Crinson to six months behind bars with a five year restraining order to keep him away from his victim’s home in Sunderland.

The judge said the calls made by Crinson were “vile, threatening and abusive” and added: “Albeit they were words, they were frightening words.

“She was understandably terrified.”

The court heard Crinson is likely to be released immediately due to the time he has spent on remand.

Tony Cornberg, defending, said Crinson is keen to get back to his plastering business and accepts he was using alcohol to excess at the time.

Mr Cornberg added: “There has been no trouble in the last four months. He accepts the relationship is over.”

Newcastle Chronicle

A thief who launched a wrecking “spree” that left seven vehicles damaged has been allowed to keep his freedom.

Kieron Wright targeted motors that had been parked in the River View area of Sunderland, all within hours of each other, in October last year.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that all of the vehicles, which included cars and vans, were damaged by the 28-year-old, who smashed windows and lights, and some had personal property taken from inside.

Prosecutor Paul Reid told the court: “It was a spree of breaking into vehicles parked in Sunderland.”

At the time of the car attacks, Wright was on bail after being caught with a balaclava, torch and small hammer near the scene of a burglary and for stealing perfume from Asda.

Wright, who has a long criminal record, pleaded guilty to going equipped for theft, criminal damage and theft charges.

At a previous hearing, earlier this month, Jamie Adams, defending, said Wright, of Rosedale Street, Sunderland, was “wanting to be caught” so he could get help with his drug problem.

Mr Adams said Wright is “trying to sort himself out” and has responded well while in custody on remand.

Mr Recorder John Aitken adjourned the case until today so that Wright can be assessed for his suitability for a drug rehabilitation order.

The judge told him at the time: “It seems to me you have shown some progress and it would be in everyone’s interests if you could get a grip of your drug abuse which might lead to you not offending again.”

Wright was given bail over the last three weeks and was told he would receive a non-custodial sentence if he can convince the drug treatment authorities that he is willing to work with them.

But the judge warned him: “If you are unable to persuade them of that, I will have no choice but to give you a custodial sentence.”

Wright has now been back in court today where the judge sentenced him to a community order for nine months with a drug rehabilitation requirement.

Sunderland Echo

A NEWARK man received a suspended prison sentence for his third racially-aggravated offence since 2016.

Chris Conroy, the former head of the English Defence League in Newark, was sentenced by Nottingham magistrates to 12 weeks custody, suspended for a year, for the use of racially-aggravated threatening behaviour towards a police officer.

Conroy, 31, of Wolsey Road, Newark, admitted the offence and must take part in rehabilitation as part of his sentence and pay the officer £50 compensation.

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Jacob O’Dell also ran over a 12-year-old girl, smashed up his gran’s house and threatened to rape children

A prolific Cambridgeshire criminal has had his jail sentence extended after he covered a prison officer in poo and urine, which wasn’t the first crime he committed involving human excrement.

But 24-year-old Jacob O’Dell’s most serious crime was when he ran over a 12-year-old girl at the Sainsbury’s petrol station in Coldham’s Lane, Cambridge.

In September last year, O’Dell had just filled up his petrol tank when a police car pulled up at the pump alongside him. O’Dell claimed the two police officers in the car had “panicked” him, knowing he had no valid licence or insurance.

As result, he sped out of the petrol station without paying for his fuel, and in his haste to run he collided with the young girl, leaving her with serious injuries.

She’d been cycling with a friend and was using the zebra crossing towards the McDonald’s nearby.

The girl, who has since made a full recovery, was rushed to Addenbrooke’s where it was found that she had a fractured pelvis, severe bruising, bruising to her ribs, various cuts, and a head injury.

O’Dell didn’t stop the car after he hit the youngster and was eventually caught in a car park near Cottenham Village College, but not before he tried to ram a police car out of his way.

This incident wasn’t O’Dell’s first brush with the law either.

Since the age of 11, O’Dell’s grandmother has tried everything to help him since he first entered the prison system, such as interventions and various programmes, but nothing was right for him, his defence, Robert Pollington, said at his trial in Cambridge Crown Court at the start of this year.

“He is a child in terms of his decision-making,” said Mr Pollington, adding that he was “stupid”.

He also said what happened on September 28 was a “momentary lapse of concentration”, but he has demonstrated a level of “extreme remorse”.

O’Dell’s grandmother was present at the hearing – despite previously being a victim of his crime when he ripped the doors in her house off their hinges – and waved as he was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

The court heard how O’Dell had a “substantial” criminal record, with 26 previous convictions totalling 64 offences, dating back to 2007 – when he was just 11.

His criminal record first began in the youth courts, with “relatively minor” cases of criminal damage and assault.

Throughout the years he was further convicted of possession of cannabis, common assault, aggravated vehicle taking, making off without payment, and more.

He also went to a young offenders’ institute for 13 months.

O’Dell also has eight points on his licence, with Judge Bridge adding that he had an “appalling driving record”.

In 2017, he was sentenced for a raft of crimes, including charges of using threatening and abusive words to cause harassment, racially related harassment, three burglaries, thefts from cars and shops, attempted theft, criminal damage of his grandmother’s home and driving offences for driving without insurance and not in accordance with a licence.

He was jailed for 30 months then.

On previous occasions, O’Dell also threatened to kill a security officer after he was caught attempting to shoplift.

He was also previously sentenced for burglary after he smashed his way into a house and stole priceless family heirlooms, leaving his victims “feeling sick”.

On one occasion, O’Dell hurled abuse at a passing cyclist in St Andrew’s Street.

And after a confrontation, O’Dell shouted: “I’m going to stab you and chop your head off with an axe.”

Then while in custody in May 2017, O’Dell urinated all over the floor of his cell before threatening to rape the supervising officer’s children, saying: “You f***ing p*ki c*** I’ll rape your kids. EDL mate, go back to your own country.”

He also joked he had five Kinder eggs worth of drugs in his rectum.

And then in 2017, he smashed up his grandmother’s home, after demanding to know “where his axe was” and asking for money.

But even when O’Dell was locked up he continued on his path of destruction, leaving for a second time a wake of human excrement.

In December last year, having only been a prisoner at HMP Peterborough for a few months he once again lashed out.

Arming himself with a bucket containing a mixture of urine and poo he hurled its contents over one of the female prison officers.

The attack, known as “potting” within prison circles, left the victim covered in faeces, despite her attempts to shield herself.

When interviewed, O’Dell claimed he was pressured into committing the offence by another inmate, but later admitted charges of administering a noxious substance with intent to injure.

He was jailed for an additional 18 months on Monday, November 2, at Cambridge Crown Court.

DC Zoe Slater said: “This was a disgusting, unprovoked attack that nobody should have to endure.

“Prison staff work hard to ensure the safety of inmates and should be able to do so without fear of being attacked.”

Already serving a three and a half year sentence for running over the 12-year-old girl, O’Dell was given an additional 18 months to his overall sentence.

Cambridge News

Mark White will spend more than two years behind bars after he called police officers racist names, spat on them while claiming to have Covid 19 and threatened nurses

A vile thug has been jailed after racially abusing and spitting at police officers while claiming to have coronavirus and tried to bite nurses trying to treat him in hospital.

Mark White subjected emergency workers to a tirade of physical and verbal abuse after being arrested in Northumberland.

The 36-year-old called officers horrific racist names, headbutted one of them and spat at two insisting he had Covid-19.

He was also disgusting with nurses who were attempting to treat him after he sustained an injury while being restrained by officers.

White, of Briarwood Cottages, Annitsford, North Tyneside, called one at the police station a “fat s**g” then when taken to hospital he tried to bite nurses’ hands and threatened to headbutt one if they tried to help him.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how White, who has 106 previous convictions, has an “appalling” record for attacking police officers.

He has now been sentenced to more than two years behind bars for his abhorrent actions, with his victims describing him as “vile” and “pathetic”.

Police were called to Seghill, Northumberland, on July 12 to to reports of a fight and White was arrested following a struggle.

He was abusive and threatening to officers throughout the journey to Bedlington police station.

On arrival, he kicked the rear door of the police van in an attempt to hit an officer. While being escorted into the station, he headbutted a PC, causing swelling above the right eye.

White continued to resist officers and due to his aggressive behaviour he was taken to the ground and put in leg restraints.

But he became injured during the ordeal and a custody nurse was called to provide treatment who he called a “fat s**g”.

An ambulance was called to take him to hospital and he was put on a stretcher.

Amy Levitt, prosecuting, said: “He looked directly at one of the officers and said ‘f*** you you p*** c***, just wait’.

“The officer was upset, he is a person of mixed race.”

Two officers accompanied White in the ambulance and on the way to hospital he continued with his appalling abuse of emergency workers.

He said to one officer “I bet you like 19-year-old girls you f****** paedo” and towards another added ‘You will get it first you f****** p*** c***”.

Miss Levitt said: “At hospital he tried to bite the hands of the nurses. He also threatened to headbutt one in the face if they treated him.”

White was taken into a room where he was restrained to enable medical support to be provided.

“He then said he had coronavirus and spat at both officers,” Miss Levitt added.

“Spittle landed on the left arm of one PC and on the other officer’s vest.”

A series of victim impact statements were read in court from those emergency workers White attacked and abused.

One PC said: “The assault made me feel so angry. White acted disgustingly and it makes me feel sick.

“While I understand I put myself in harm’s way as a key worker, I should not be deliberately spat at or coughed at. I have family members at home who are vulnerable who could be susceptible.

“I’m enraged he thinks he can treat any human being like this. It goes to show what a pathetic person he is.”

His colleague added: “I’m appalled by the behaviour shown by White towards myself, I was repeatedly coughed at and was hit with a mixture of saliva and blood.

“No one should have to be treated this way. I was helping him receive medical treatment.

“He was shouting he had Covid. Covid is killing people of any age.”

Defending Matthew Purves said White accepts his behaviour on the night in question was “appalling” and that when he drinks he turns into a bit of a “violent man”.

White pleaded guilty to two offences of causing racially aggravated alarm or distress and three counts of assaulting an emergency worker.

ChronicleLive is campaigning for a Government review over the lack of prison sentences handed out to thugs who attack our 999 heroes.

Just one in six assaults on emergency staff have resulted in their attacker being put behind bars in the last 12 months since new tougher sentencing powers came into force.

The court heard he has assaulted police officers several times previously and was on a suspended sentence for headbutting one PC and kicking two others at the time of the latest offences.

Jailing White, Judge Christopher Prince told him: “The public owe the police and other emergency services respect and gratitude, now perhaps more than ever before.

“In court we can put out a clear message to those who do not respect public services. Your conduct must not be tolerated for one moment.

“You have got an appalling record of violence and disorder, especially against police officers.

“These were all people who are trying to help you.”

The Chronicle

Paul Dunleavy was jailed for five years and six months, after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court

A teenager who was part of a banned neo-Nazi group has been jailed for preparing acts of terrorism.

A judge ruled 17-year-old Paul Dunleavy can be named but described his efforts to commit the act as “inept”.

Dunleavy had admitted nine counts of possessing terror manuals and also had videos of the New Zealand terror attack in 2019, in which 51 people died.

At Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Paul Farrer QC jailed the defendant for five years and six months.

Dunleavy, who had denied preparing an attack, had joined a neo-Nazi group called Feuerkrieg Division (FKD) in July last year, the court was told.

The group was created by a 13-year-old Estonian and was outlawed in the UK this summer after being linked to terrorism cases around the world.

Notepads made by the teenager and a gun were recovered from his room

Judge Farrer said Dunleavy had offered practical advice on firearms to other FKD members, some of whom have gone on themselves to be convicted of terrorism offences in other countries.

The judge told the defendant he harboured an intention to commit an act of terrorism, but added it was unlikely the he would have followed through, describing his preparations as “inept”.

He added: “Your autism impacts on your maturity and understanding.”

Dunleavy had an “unhealthy interest in other attacks across the world”, police said

Prosecutors said FKD’s aim was to overthrow the liberal democratic system by bringing about a race war through individuals carrying out acts of mass murder.

After joining FKD’s online chat group, Dunleavy unwittingly began communicating with an undercover police officer, telling him: “I’m getting armed and getting in shape.”

The court was told Dunleavy had researched how to convert a blank-firing gun and asked an adult friend for advice on where to buy one.

Following his arrest at his home in September 2019, West Midlands Police said detectives seized his phone, finding over 90 documents on firearms, explosives and military tactics, right wing material and online chat conversations.

They also found several knives, air rifles, face coverings, camouflage face paint, shotgun cartridges and bullet casings.

Dunleavy had named Adolf Hitler as one of his heroes, West Midlands Police said

“This boy had an unhealthy interest in other attacks across the world and he knew exactly what online platforms to join to share his extreme views,” said Det Ch Supt Kenny Bell, head of West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.

“He believed he had the skills to convert a blank firing weapon into a viable firearm and was willing to help others with his abilities.”

BBC News

A high-achieving grammar school pupil who secretly promoted neo-Nazi terrorism online has been sentenced.

Harry Vaughan, 18, from south-west London, had pleaded guilty to 14 terror offences and two of possessing indecent images of children.

Passing sentence at the Old Bailey, Mr Justice Sweeney said: “You are a dangerous offender.”

He sentenced Vaughan to two years detention in a young offenders’ institution, suspended for two years.

The 18-year-old was also ordered to attend a rehabilitation programme.

The judge said Vaughan had lived at home with his family and been an “A* student”, adding none of them knew that from the age of 14 he had been involved with groups on the internet.

Vaughan’s father, who was in court, is a clerk in the House of Lords and his mother is a teacher. Vaughan had been a pupil at Tiffin Grammar School in Kingston upon Thames.

The judge told the teenager neo-Nazi material found during police searches showed “the depth of your extreme right-wing mindset”.

He added that expert evidence stated Vaughan’s ideology was a “hybrid” of neo-Nazism and left-hand path Satanism.

Vaughan was prolific online and hid behind a series of aliases.

He uploaded self-made propaganda images to a neo-Nazi website promoting the now-banned terrorist organisation Sonnenkrieg Division.

He also possessed – and posted online – a series of weapons and explosives manuals.

The 18-year-old previously pleaded guilty to 12 counts of possessing documents useful to a terrorist, one count of encouraging terrorism, and one of disseminating terrorist publications.

He also admitted two counts of possessing indecent images, relating to videos showing young boys being raped.

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command, said: “What this case tells us is that anybody can be affected, anybody can be radicalised.”

He said Vaughan is a “very intelligent young man” but he “now has convictions for terrorist offences which will stay with him for life and I think that is a saddening case and also a salutary example of how this can affect young people”.

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Mark White, of Annitsford, called police officers vile racist names, spat on them while claiming to have Covid 19 and even abused and threatened nurses who were trying to treat him

Twisted Mark White racially abused and spat at police officers while claiming to have coronavirus and tried to bite nurses who were treating him in hospital.

In a sickening display of vile behaviour to emergency workers, White lashed out physically and verbally after being arrested and taken into custody.

He called officers disgusting racist names, headbutted one of them and spat at two while claiming he had covid – causing great concern and worry.

The 36-year-old lowlife, of Briarwood Cottages, Annitsford, North Tyneside, was even abusive to nurses who were trying to treat him after he was injured while being restrained.

He called one at a police station a “fat s**g” then when taken to hospital he tried to bite nurses’ hands and threatened to assault them.

Newcastle Crown Court he has previous convictions for attacking police officers and his victims described him as “vile” and “pathetic”.

The court heard police were called to Seghill, Northumberland, on July 12 to reports of a fight and White was arrested and, after a short struggle, he was put in a police van.

On his way to Bedlington police station, he was abusive and threatening to officers throughout the journey.

On arrival, he kicked the rear door of the van in an attempt to hit an officer.

As he was escorted into the police station, he headbutted a PC, causing swelling just above his right eye.

Due to his continued aggression, he was taken to the ground and put in leg restraints as he issued threats.

He received an injury while being restrained and so a custody nurse was summoned to give him treatment and he called her a “fat s**g”

Amy Levitt, prosecuting, said an ambulance was called for him and he was put on a stretcher.

Miss Levitt said: “He looked directly at one of the officers and said ‘f*** you you p*** c***, just wait’.

“The officer was upset, he is a person of mixed race.”

White was taken to hospital, with police in the ambulance alongside him, and he continued to be aggressive.

He said to one “I bet you like 19-year-old girls you f****** paedo’ and then to another officer he said “You will get in first you f****** p*** c***”.

Miss Levitt said: “At the hospital he continued to be aggressive.

“He tried to bite the hands of nurses trying to help him.”

After threatening to assault another nurse if she treated him, he was taken to a room and restrained in order that he could be treated while being prevented from biting and headbutting.

Miss Levitt said: “He then said he had coronavirus and spat at both officers.

“Spittle landed on the left arm of one PC and on the other officer’s vest.”

Those attacked and abused made a series of victim impact statements which were read to the court.

One PC said: “The assault made me feel so angry. White acted disgustingly and it makes me feel sick.

“While I understand I put myself in harms way as a key worker, I should not be deliberately spat at or coughed at. I have family members at home who are vulnerable who could be susceptible.

“I’m enraged he thinks he can treat any human being like this. It goes to show what a pathetic person he is.”

His colleague added: “I’m appalled by the behaviour shown by White towards myself, I was repeatedly coughed at and was hit with a mixture of saliva and blood.

“No one should have to be treated this way. I was helping him receive medical treatment.

“He was shouting he had covid. Covid is killing people of any age.”

The officer said he was caring and delivering shopping for vulnerable members of his family during the pandemic, adding: “I’m disgusted at his behaviour and actions.

“I was doing my job to keep the public safe. I hope he will realise how vile he has acted towards people who were trying to help him.

“I’m worried I will get the disease and it will have been given to me on purpose by White. I can only hope and pray I don’t contract the disease.”

White, who has 106 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to two offences of causing racially aggravated alarm or distress and three counts of assaulting an emergency worker.

The court heard he has assaulted police officers several times previously and was on a suspended sentence for headbutting one PC and kicking two others at the time of the latest offences.

Judge Christopher Prince adjourned sentence until November 9 in order to get more information about White’s previous convictions.

White, who had been on bail, was remanded in custody until then.

The judge told him: “There’s a substantial risk you will commit further offences.

“I’m not willing to take a substantial risk of you committing further offences, particularly against the police.”

Matthew Purves, defending, said he has been engaging with mental services.
Chronicle Live

A RACIST yob who said “n*****s should be shot” claimed he was a “peacemaker” at a rowdy protest.

Peter Griffen was held by police during the large demo in Glasgow’s George Square on June 14 this year.

Activists from the Glasgow Youth Art Collective had planned to gather there demanding the removal of the statue of former Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel.

This was in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Hundreds of counter protestors then turned up to apparently protect statues from graffiti and damage.

Prosecutor Christopher McKnight told Glasgow Sheriff Court there was a “strong police presence” at George Square.

Griffen was part of a group described as becoming “aggressive” that day.

The 42-year-old was given the chance to leave the area, but ended up being arrested.

He initially threatened one officer also branding him a “c***”.

Griffen was hauled to a police station in the city where he was heard making racist jibes.

He stated: “They should do what they do in America and shoot the n*****s.”

Griffen also branded a police worker a “fenian dog” and made a remark about loyalist group the Ulster Freedom Fighters.

Marisa Borland, defending, told the hearing: “Mr Griffen, in his own view, had been acting as a peacekeeper that day.

“He had earlier separated a number of situations which could have caused significant disturbance.

“This also included clearing glass bottles from the area.”

The court heard Griffen kicked off at police when they wrongly thought he was banned from Glasgow city centre.

Miss Borland added: “He felt he was being treated unfairly.”

Griffen, of the city’s Shettleston, pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner which was racially aggravated.

Sheriff Jonathan Guy said the crime merited jail and noted in a pre-sentencing report Griffen moaned he had been the “victim of police harassment”.

But, he concluded “somewhat reluctantly” he been persuaded against locking Griffen up.

The yob will instead carry out 270 hours of unpaid work and will be tagged for 81 days keeping him indoors between 9pm and 7am each day.

Glasgow Evening Times