A RACIST drunk has been fined after launching a tirade of abuse when police were called after he was causing problems in a town centre pub.

Allan Hamilton became agitated and aggressive while in the Keys nightspot on Yarm High Street in the early hours of December 21 last year.

He became abusive towards some in the bar shouting 'P*** grass and faggot' resulting in his arrest.

Teesside Crown Court heard defendant was made subject of a suspended sentence in November 2018, following a number of domestic abuse incidents with a former partner, including arson and criminal damage – it expired at midnight on Thursday.

The 30-year-old, of Tithe Barn Road, Stockton, pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order charge and a suspended sentence breach.

Michele Turner, in mitigation, said Hamilton had struggled at first with the conditions of his suspended sentence but had fully co-operated since the offence and had not had a drink of alcohol since.

Judge Stephen Ashurst told the defendant he was unable to pass a community order to enable him to carry on the good work with the probation service and fined him a total of £250.

He added: "Many bystanders were offended by his behaviour – the racially aggravated offence arose from your loutish behaviour."