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Man sentenced for racially aggravated assault – Lancaster

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A man has been sentenced to seven weeks’ imprisonment following a racially aggravated assault.

The incident took place on Wednesday 21 March on board a train between Oxenholme and Lancaster.

John Heffernan, aged 34, of Graham Street, Longtown, Carlisle, pleaded guilty and was convicted at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court of one count of racial and religious aggravated assault on 18 April.

He was sentenced to seven weeks imprisonment and ordered to pay a compensation fee of £700.

On 21 March, under the influence of alcohol, Heffernan boarded a train at Carlisle station. He then approached a shop on the station and verbally assaulted a man.

The offence was reported to officers who arrested Heffernan at Lancaster station. Whilst being removed from the station, Heffernan racially abused a further two women.

PC Adam Heslop said: “This incident was an unprovoked and unwarranted attack on three unsuspecting members of the British public.

“I hope that this result sends a clear and firm message that racist behaviour will not be tolerated.”

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