A MAN drank 12 pints of cider and called an Asian police officer “a f****** P*** b******” before yelling “I am EDL” in Darlington’s police cells.
Thomas Mason also shouted out in support of imprisoned far-right activist Tommy Robinson after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly following an evening in the town’s Tubwell Tap public house on June 2.
But it was his language towards an ethnic minority police officer which earned him a more serious charge.
The 35-year-old, from South Kirby, Pontefract, appeared before magistrates in Newton Aycliffe yesterday and pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly, and a racially-aggravated public order offence.
Lorna Rimell, prosecuting, said: “Police were called by the door staff at the Tubwell Tap.
“The defendant was in a state of intoxication. Police approached him and he told them to f*** off and said ‘I f****** love England’.
“He was warned three times about his abusive behaviour and language and he told them again to f*** off.
“He was arrested and taken to the police station where he met the PC. The defendant spoke to him in a mocking tone.
“He then said you f***** P*** b****, I am EDL.
“He was chanting EDL, EDL, EDL and also ‘Tommy Robinson’.”
Once he had sobered up Mason, a forklift truck driver, told police he had drunk 12 or more pints of cider and had only a vague recollection of events.
“He said he doesn’t consider himself to be racist,” said Ms Rimell.
“He said he was disgusted when told about his actions.”
The court heard that Mason visited Darlington to offer support to a friend who was going through a difficult time and accepted he had become ‘completely intoxicated’.
Darren Brown, mitigating on behalf of Mason, said the defendant had very recently come out of a 12-year relationship and had two young children aged one and four, and had been drinking as things had started to get on top of him.
He had been using alcohol as a way to deal with emotional trauma, the court heard, and now had to regret the night he spent in a police cell.
Mr Brown added: “He states that he is not a racist person and has no idea why he would say such things. He also doesn’t usually drink because he works nights.”
Magistrates said had the case not been racially motivated it would be been considered a a far more minor offence.
Mason was handed a £300 fine, ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs.