Continue We want you to get the most out of using this website, which is why we and our partners use cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to receive these cookies. You can find out more about how we use cookies here.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Subscriptions  |  evouchers  |  Jobs  |  Property  |  Motors  |  Travel  |  Dating  |  Family Notices

Carlisle takeaway man received series of racist abuse calls

A Carlisle takeaway worker from Cyprus was bombarded with racist abuse in a series of abusive phone calls from one of his customers.

Crown court judge Peter Hughes QC was told how the man, who worked at a shop in The Crescent, had 24 abusive calls in the space of a few hours on a day in June of last year.

Mark Hodson, 23, of Aglionby Street, pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated harassment offence.

Prosecutor Dick Binstead described how the victim began getting abusive calls on June 19 last year. Over four days, he was getting about 20 such calls a day.

In one, the caller told him: “Give me £500 or I will kill you.” In other calls, Hodson uttered racist insults. The calls sometimes lasted for up to 20 minutes, and at other times for just a few seconds.

Police traced the calls to Hodson’s mobile phone. They found him living in a property which offers support to people with learning difficulties.

When questioned, Hodson said that he had made the threats “for a laugh” but that he had no intention of carrying out his threats.

He went on to say that he was not racist, liked the food from the shop, and that he was sorry for his conduct.

Judge Hughes made a guardianship order which he said would ensure Hodson would get the support the needed from the county council’s social services department.



News & Star What's On search


CCTV surveillance - unwelcome intrusion or crime deterrent?

I used to hate the idea. Now I feel at risk without them

Intrusion. There are too many people watching us and collecting personal data

They can only deter when monitored 24/7 - which is doubtful

Show Result

Hot jobs
Scan for our iPhone and Android apps
Search for: