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Man jailed for beating and racially abusing BTP officers – Leeds

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A man who head-butted a British Transport Police (BTP) officer before racially abusing another officer, has been handed a prison sentence. 
 
James Forrest, aged 22 and of Tilbury Grove, Leeds appeared before West Yorkshire Magistrates’ court on 5 October where he was handed an 18 week prison sentence.
 
Shortly after 11pm on 31 August, Forrest was highly intoxicated at Leeds station and was acting in a highly anti-social manner. 
 
A BTP officer on patrol at the station then approached Forrest , telling him to leave the station however the defendant became aggressive and verbally abusive, calling officers “rats” and other derogatory comments. 
 
As Forrest was being arrested for being drunk and disorderly, he then attacked the BTP officer by head-butting him. When more officers were called to assist, Forrest then unleashed a torrent of verbal and racist abuse both at the station and at custody. 
 
He was caught on body worn footage saying “I am racist and proud”.  
 
Forrest was charged with being drunk and disorderly, assaulting a constable in the execution of their duty, a racially aggravated public order offence and for failing to return from police bail. 
 
As part of his sentence, Forrest was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge. 
 
Sergeant James Finch from BTP, said: “Forrest’s behaviour and language was completely disgusting and I am pleased the judge handed him a prison sentence. Not only did he racially abuse some of my officers, he also assaulted one of them by violently head-butting him. 
 
“Thanks to the overwhelming evidence against Forrest, including body-worn footage, he was forced to plead guilty to the four charges.” 

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