Former soldier guilty of racially aggravated assault on Costcutter shopkeeper

Costcutter store, Patchway Roundabout, Coniston Road, Patchway, Bristol.

A former soldier has pleaded guilty to a charge of carrying out a racially aggravated assault on a shopkeeper at the Costcutter store in Patchway, reports the Bristol Post.

Bristol magistrates heard that Ricky Thorne, 26, of Little Stoke, racially abused staff at the Patchway Roundabout convenience store before getting into a fight with the owner, Muhammad Imran Bashir.

Patchway in the press.

The incident occurred on Saturday 22nd December.

The court was told that Thorne has no recollection of the incident, which was committed under the influence of alcohol.

Thorne was handed a 12-month community order as well as 100 hours of unpaid work for the good of the community, £100 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.

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  1. Utterly shocking behaviour.

    The Shop is a valuable community resource and I’ve always found the staff friendly enough. I guess I don’t go in there in such a state as the racist from Little Stoke.

    Patchway could be so much more, there is a strong community spirit, but sadly it’s undermined by a rotten minority.

    Not reported here, but I went to Lloyds TSB just before Christmas and saw that both doors on the Timbercraft shop had been smashed – I can’t imagine they went in to steal a display kitchen, so just mindless vandalism. Well done!

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