Two brothers racially abused police officer
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.”