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Dad Raymond Farthing jailed after racist rant at Scottish police officer

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 05, 2012

Raymond Farthing.

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DAD Raymond Farthing, who unleashed a racist rant at a Scottish police inspector, has been jailed.

The 37-year-old hurled a torrent of abuse at Inspector Steve Burnside, asking him: 'Why have you come to my country?'

This verbal attack ended with him being put in leg restraints, Gloucester Crown Court heard.

Farthing, of Cherry Close, Hardwicke, pleaded guilty to a charge of affray on September 16 this year. He was jailed for 30 weeks.

The court heard he had a long record for offences of public disorder and had made 62 previous court appearances for 182 offences.

Prosecutor Lisa Hennessy said police went to Farthing's home after getting a 999 call. The court heard he and his partner were rowing over her sleeping with someone else. They found him in his back garden holding a small child and saying "I'm taking the kid".

A policeman sprayed CS gas towards Farthing but it had no effect. Police managed to take the child off Farthing and wrap him in a blanket.

After threatening to knock out one of the officers, Farthing cycled away on a bike.

A short time later, a 60-year-old man answered a knock at his door in Tuffley Lane, Gloucester, and was shocked to find Farthing standing outside holding a bike over his head.

The court heard he shouted at nearby police officers, and said: "You ain't seen nothing yet."

Police then saw Farthing riding along Holmwood Drive into Grange Road.

Insp Burnside took out his baton and Mrs Hennessy said he then repeatedly abused the inspector for being Scottish.

Eventually, Farthing was overpowered, taken to the ground and put in leg restraints. He still managed to kick out at another officer, bruising his ribs.

When Farthing was interviewed, he accepted he may have used the anti-Scottish remarks.

Claire Malvern-White, defending, said: "There is a history between him and Inspector Burnside and he accepts he probably did use the language alleged."

Judge Jamie Tabor QC told Farthing: "You are your own worst enemy."

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  • TimMessanger  |  December 05 2012, 11:02PM

    I'm sick to death with people who can't speak English!

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  • noodledoodles  |  December 05 2012, 8:51PM

    Sorry valhalla2010, 'Xenophobia is a dislike or fear of people from other COUNTRIES or of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange'. Scotland my friend is a different country than England.

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  • Bellyflop  |  December 05 2012, 8:20PM

    Farthing looks like he lives in a bungalow because he doesn't look he has got much upstairs.The Farthing became extinct many years ago. Think on Farthing you dipstick.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  December 05 2012, 3:26PM

    Glad what he deserves, hope people in jail give him racist rants.

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  • username123  |  December 05 2012, 3:10PM

    Lets have this right. Farthing is a scumbag and deserves gaol. However, in the same week this fool of a judge gaoled a prolific burglar for only 10 weeks more. This is utter madness. Where is the logic or the reasonableness of his sentencing. Time to retire dopey judge.

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  • username123  |  December 05 2012, 3:07PM


  • Lord_Gaga_  |  December 05 2012, 2:42PM

    Idon't know about farthing, he is definatley not the full shilling

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  • Selector  |  December 05 2012, 2:29PM

    You people can argue about the semantics all you want, but when this guy asked a Scottish person 'Why have you come to my country?', I think we all know very well that he meant it as a racist remark. That said, it's typical of TiG "journalism" to highlight this as if it were the key issue, when it was actually affray that he was jailed for.

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  • valhalla2010  |  December 05 2012, 1:44PM

    @ noodledoodle- 'Xenophobia' would not be correct either- Scottish people are of the same nationality to us at the moment.

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  • Jackass  |  December 05 2012, 1:23PM

    I went into Natwest on the prom a few years ago to exchange Scottish notes - they told me they don't have a foreign exchange section. Does that make them racist?

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