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A MAN who committed the racially-aggravated destruction of dozens of cookies has been jailed.

John Seymour, of Manor Way in Lee-on-the-Solent, was jailed for a total of 17 months for eight offences across three incidents.

The 26-year-old racially abused a worker at Subway in High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent on November 11 last year.

When the member of staff, who was from a Pakistani background, refused to give him extra toppings, Seymour became abusive, hurling vile terms at him. He then tried to grab him across the counter, but when he failed, knocked a counter containing 52 cookies on the floor, smashing them.

At the end of his police interview, the court heard how Seymour said: ‘One day you will be glad of people like me.’

When asked what he meant, he replied: ‘We are overrun with them.’

At Portsmouth Crown Court, recorder Malcom Galloway sentenced him to 15 months for two counts of possession of an offensive weapon, one month each for criminal damage to the window and the car and one month for threatening behaviour, all to run concurrently, for an incident at the Pier Street Wine Bar in Lee-on-the-Solent in the early hours of New Years Day.

He was sentenced to one month for the racially aggravated crimes at Subway, consecutive to the New Year’s incident, and one more month for assaulting a police officer on February 6, consecutive to the others.

Referring to the incident in Subway, Mr Galloway, said: ‘This all happened when you couldn’t get what you wanted and you became racially abusive.

‘Your attitude is basically summed up by the comment you made in interview.’