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£1125 fine for Doncaster man who hurled homophobic abuse at York station staff

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A 30-year-old man has been heavily fined after he shouted a torrent of homophobic abuse towards two members of staff in a shop at York station.

Nathan Mahon, aged 30 from Lilac Crescent in Edlington, Doncaster, was handed the sentence at York Magistrates’ Court on 24 March after pleading guilty to Section 4 public order.

Mahon, who had been heavily under the influence of alcohol, had attempted to purchase more alcohol from a shop on the station. When one of the members of staff refused he verbally abused him and threw a packet of crisps in his face before leaving the shop.

A short while later he returned and subjected the same man and his female colleague to a tirade of verbally aggressive and homophobic abuse. When asked to leave due to his behaviour he refused and the police were called.

The offence took place just after 6.30pm on Saturday 30 July 2016.

Inspector Richard Price said: “Targeting anyone with intimidating abuse because of who they are is completely unacceptable and we will not tolerate it. Our officers were patrolling the station as part of Operation Vanguard when the incident took place so were quickly able to detain him and bring him before the courts.

“The Magistrate was so disgusted by the offensive language that Mahon used in a public place that he doubled the fine imposed on him, which I hope will make him think twice about acting in such in such an offensive way again and will send a strong message out to others that hate crime is treated seriously.

“It’s never ok to be targeted because you are different and if anyone ever experiences homophobic or hate related abuse I would encourage them to report it to BTP. You can send a text discreetly to 61016 and we will investigate.”

More information on our campaign ‘We Stand Together’ to tackle hate crime can be found here - http://www.btp.police.uk/advice_and_info/how_we_tackle_crime/hate_crime.aspx

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