A man who has admitted he is a racist has tried to defend himself by saying he just doesn't “understand Muslims or blacks" and was concerned about terrorism.
Christopher Lane allegedly shouted abuse when he was drunk and running along a street in front of a police officer, according to The Mirror.
The 49-year-old then reportedly tried to suggest the reason for his behaviour in Middlesbrough was that he is "worried about terrorism,” after allegedly attempting to run away from the officer.
The incident is said to have taken place just a few weeks after he claimed the reason he punched someone was they were “getting on his nerves."
Teesside Magistrates’ Court was told by the probation service "candidly he did express that he’s a racist" and “he was worried about terrorism, he couldn’t understand Muslims or blacks."
But the service added he showed “no remorse” for the incident and onlookers to his behaviour were “shocked” and “appalled.”
Although he has not been handed a prison sentence, he was warned that if his poor behaviour continues he may end up in jail.
He has previously admitted to assault by beating and racially aggravated harassment.
Lane has been given a 12-month community order, a fine of £100 and must pay the victim of the assault £50 in compensation.
Probation workers have suggested the man has an untreatable personality disorder and his solicitor said "his thinking is not the same as normal people."