Havant teenager in court after drunken outburst

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A TEENAGER who shouted racist abuse at a man has been given a conditional discharge.

Jimmy Blandford had been out drinking with friends when he went to Portsmouth and Southsea railway station at 3am to go home.

The 18-year-old got into a row with a taxi driver and then shouted racist abuse at a member of the public.

Blandford, of Purbrook Way, Havant, pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence and a separate public order charge when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

Bridget O’Hagan, defending, said Blandford regretted what he had done.

‘Mr Blandford is desperately embarrassed and ashamed by his behaviour on the night in question.

‘It’s very much out of character. He is not a racist. He apologises.’

Blandford was given a 12 month conditional discharge and told to pay £85 in costs and £100 in compensation.

Chairman of the bench John Gordon said: ‘These are serious offences.’