Racist Anthony Shenton banned from Norton kebab shop for three years
A RACIST thug has been banned from a kebab shop for three years after subjecting the takeaway manager to a prolonged hate campaign.
The restraining order bars regular customer Anthony Shenton from going within 100 metres of KFS takeaway, in Norton, until July 2015.
On one occasion, Shenton waved a Union flag at his Pakistan-born victim and told him: "Do you know what this is? You are not part of this".
Now Shenton has been jailed for 18 weeks after racially abusing Abdul Ghafoor in an unprovoked and drunken attack at the Pinfold Avenue kebab house.
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Mr Ghafoor today told how Shenton's abuse made him feel unwelcome in his own neighbourhood.
The 38-year-old, who also runs Kebabish takeaway in Ford Green Road, Smallthorne, said: "This has been going on for more than five years.
"He would come smoking inside the shop and cause trouble. He brought a flag with him once, and was swearing at me and my staff. They were very upset and I told them we just had to ring the police and let them deal with it.
"I like this country. I like the laws here and I think if you give people respect they should also give you respect.
"But he should be given punishment. It is not right to treat people like that."
In the latest incident on June 1, Shenton went into the takeaway with a friend after earlier being seen drinking alcohol outside the kebab shop.
Steve Knowles, prosecuting, told North Staffordshire Magistrates' Court: "At about 9.15pm they both entered the shop. The other man took out a cigarette and was told to go outside because food was being prepared and sold.
"Both Shenton and his friend then became racially abusive."
The court heard Mr Ghafoor was left upset following the incident.
But the next day, Shenton returned to the shop. He called Mr Ghafoor 'a grass', kicked the counter and then left.
Mr Ghafoor and his colleague Bilal Shabir feared Shenton had gone outside to look for a brick, although he did not reappear.
Shenton, aged 23, of Edge Street, Burslem, pleaded guilty to charges of racially-aggravated harassment and intimidation, threatening to cause damage to property and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.
Simon Davies, defending, said Shenton did have a drink problem and blurted out the horrible phrases when he was drunk. He told the court Shenton tended to binge at weekends and associate with the wrong people.