Man abuses Muslim Pc after smashing food off shelves in Heron Foods supermarket

Noor was arrested outside Heron Foods after damaging items in the supermarket
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A man launched a tirade of abuse at a female police constable wearing a hijab after she went to arrest him for damaging products in a supermarket. Mohamed Noor, 26, had gone to Heron Foods in Belgrave Gate, Leicester city centre, and used his arms to sweep items off the shelves.

When two police officers arrived outside the shop Noor shouted: "******* arrest me, pigs!" and pushed his fists in their direction, telling the female officer: "I don't even know why you wear a hijab.

"You're supposed to be a Muslim. ******* hijab bacon." He also called her a "whore".

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The other officer tried to calm Noor down and he hurled further racial abuse at him. In a statement read out at Leicester Magistrates' Court on Friday, the female officer said: "The fact he used my hijab against me was extremely offensive.

"Wearing my hijab is about modesty - being called a 'whore' is a contradiction to what I stand for."

Those incidents happened on Monday, May 29 last year, and Noor later admitted to two counts of racially or religiously-aggravated harassment, alarm or distress. There were further incidents on Tuesday, June 20 last year, when a man living at the same supported living accommodation as Noor - Hamilton House in Highfield Street, Highfields, Leicester - called Leicestershire Police to say Noor had emptied a rubbish bin outside his flat.

When the man had confronted Noor he had hurled a kettle full of hot water, narrowly missing him. He then told the man: "You fake ******, you use fake tan."

Later that day a support worker spoke to Noor and he told her repeatedly: "I'm going to kill you." Prosecutor Vishal Patel told the court: "This made her really scared and she called the police."

Noor was arrested and, the following day, racially abused a custody sergeant at a Leicester police station. And on Tuesday, July 11 last year he had also made threats to a member of staff at Hamilton House.

For all the further incidents he pleaded guilty to three common assaults and two further charges of racially or religiously-aggravated harassment, alarm or distress.

Beth McGovern, representing Noor, said her client had paranoia and autism, for which he received monthly injections, and had been unhappy at Hamilton House. She said he had since moved to a new home in Friar Lane, Leicester city centre.

She said he was doing better at his new home and hadn't offended since. She said: "Mr Noor is able to put it down to the supported living he was living at - he was struggling being there."

Steven Bottrill, the chair of the bench, told Noor he was lucky he wasn't going to jail for the offences. He said: "You have come very close to going into custody today. Very close."

Noor was given an 18-month community order with 250 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £50 each to the six victims and spend 30 days on programmes recommended by the probation service.