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Man admits racist abuse

PUBLISHED: 12:47 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 05 July 2010

An offshore worker hurled racist abuse at a Turkish taxi driver after drinking at a Lowestoft pub, a court has heard.

Nigel Bedford, 46, was being driven by Oruc Yedialyi to his home in Gloucester Avenue, Lowestoft, when he launched the foul-mouthed tirade, magistrates heard yesterday.

An offshore worker hurled racist abuse at a Turkish taxi driver after drinking at a Lowestoft pub, a court has heard.

Nigel Bedford, 46, was being driven by Oruc Yedialyi to his home in Gloucester Avenue, Lowestoft, when he launched the foul-mouthed tirade, magistrates heard yesterday.

Tess James, prosecuting at Lowest-oft Magistrates' Court, said trouble flared after Bedford started talking to Mr Yedialyi in a foreign accent.

Mr Yedialyi asked if he was all right, at which point Bedford swore at him and made abusive comments about foreign people.

Fearing he was going to be assaulted, Mr Yedialyi got out of his taxi and started to walk away, but was followed by Bedford, added Mrs James.

A short time later, Mr Yedialyi was forced to hold Bedford against the bonnet of a car after he walked towards him with a clenched fist. Police then moved in to arrest Bedford on June 19.

Bedford admitted a charge of causing a racially aggravated fear of violence and being in possession of a small amount of amphetamine. He was given a 12-month supervision order and told to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to receive treatment for his alcohol problems.

James Hartley, for Bedford, said his client would binge drink after return-ing from the rigs, but that he was now motivated to tackle his problems.

Mr Hartley said Bedford's abuse was not directed at a specific nationality or race, but added: “It was an unsatisfactory incident and my client fully acknowledges that. He is at a loss to explain himself.

“It seems to be a low level of racist abuse, but it was unpleasant just the same. He doesn't hold racist beliefs and has worked abroad.”

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