Two brothers racially abused po­lice of­fi­cer

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JON MACPHERSON

TWO brothers who racially abused and threat­ened a po­lice of­fi­cer at Ac­cring­ton train sta­tion have been sen- tenced fol­low­ing a British Trans­port Po­lice (BTP) in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Of­fi­cers were called the sta­tion on April 27 this year fol­low­ing re­ports of dis­or­der.

A third brother So­hail Arif, 19, ap­proached the at­tend­ing of­fi­cers smok­ing cannabis and chal­lenged them to ar­rest him, BTP said.

He be­gan ‘goad­ing’ the of­fi­cers and was even­tu­ally ar­rested for a pub­lic order of­fence.

A group of So­hail’s friends then sur­rounded the of­fi­cers and grabbed So­hail, free­ing him.

BTP said the in­ci­dent was cap­tured on body-worn video and im­ages of So­hail were cir­cu­lated in an at­tempt to trace him.

On May 8 So­hail was spot­ted by of­fi­cers again at Ac­cring­ton train sta­tion and found in pos­ses­sion of cannabis and a knife, which he claimed was for cut­ting fruit.

So­hail’s brothers Wasim, 21, and Ro­hail, 20, then sur­rounded the of­fi­cers and threat­en­ing one of them with vi­o­lence be­fore spit­ting and shout­ing ob­scen­i­ties and racist abuse at him.

Both of­fend­ers quickly left the scene when more of­fi­cers ar­rived but were later ar­rested at their home ad­dress, po­lice said.

So­hail Arif, 19, of Burn­ley Road, Ac­cring­ton, pleaded guilty to caus­ing ha­rass­ment, alarm or distress, re­sist­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer, pos­ses­sion of cannabis and pos­ses­sion of a bladed ar­ti­cle in a pub­lic place.

He was given a four-week jail sen­tence at Black­burn Mag­is­trates Court, sus­pended for 12 months with a 26-hour at­ten­dance re­quire­ment and or­dered to pay £115 costs.

Ro­hail and Wasim, of the same ad­dress, both ad­mit­ted us­ing racially ag­gra­vated threat­en­ing or abu­sive words or disor­derly be­hav­iour and were each fined £90 at Chor­ley Mag­is­trates Court.

They were also each or­dered to pay £105 costs and £75 com­pen­sa­tion to the po­lice of­fi­cer.

Speak­ing af­ter the sen­tenc­ing hear­ings, PCSO Dax Byrne-Turner said: “This bla­tant and ar­ro­gant dis­re­gard for the law re­sulted in the three brothers be­ing brought be­fore the courts.

“The rail­way is a place for every­one and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and dis­or­der will sim­ply not be tol­er­ated.

“The Arif brothers all even­tu­ally pleaded guilty to the of­fences and it is hoped they have learned that be­hav­iour like this is ab­so­lutely not ac­cept­able.”

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