Grantham court: Cyclist ‘racially aggressive’ to security guard

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A cyclist riding through a Grantham shopping centre told an Asian security guard to “b****r off back to your own country” when he was stopped.

Samuel James Coates, 23, of Sycamore Court, Grantham, admitted using racially aggravated words towards the guard on November 19 last year.

Prosecuting, Nick Todd said the incident happened in the Isaac Newton Shopping Centre at 7.30pm when the security guard tried to stop Coates by speaking to him. He had to grab the handlebars to stop Coates who was listing to music on earphones. Cycling in the shopping centre is not permitted.

Mr Todd said Coates may not have heard the guard and was angry at being stopped. He said Coates spoke to the guard, who was of Asian or Afgan origin, and said: “B****r off back to your own country”.

Mr Todd said Coates had apologised and regretted what he said. He said it was out of character.

Lisa Elkington, defending, said: “It came as a surprise to him when the guard took hold of his cycle. Mr Coates says he wished it had not happened and regrets what happened on that day.”

Miss Elkington said Coates and his partner were expecting a baby in February and he was about to start a new job as an industrial cleaner. She said the words were “used in anger and on the spur of the moment”. She said no violence was involved.

A probation report said it was an impulsive act by Coates and that he did not hold any racist attitudes at all.

Magistrates imposed a 12-month community order to include 60 hours of unapid work. Coates, who originally pleaded not guilty but changed his plea on the day of the trial, was also ordered to pay costs of £150 and a victim surcharge of £60.