Pensioner hurled abuse at children

AN Ipswich pensioner waved a stick and hurled racist abuse at children because of an ongoing feud, a court has heard.South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard that Kenneth Bristow, 66, of Whitland Close, Stoke Park, was drunk when paramedics were called to his home on Friday, February 16.

AN Ipswich pensioner waved a stick and hurled racist abuse at children because of an ongoing feud, a court has heard.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard that Kenneth Bristow, 66, of Whitland Close, Stoke Park, was drunk when paramedics were called to his home on Friday, February 16.

A paramedic decided Bristow needed treatment but as he led him to the ambulance Bristow started to shout at a group of children.

Gareth Davies, prosecuting, said there was a “great deal” of offensive content in what Bristow shouted.

He said: “The paramedic tried to restrain him but the defendant was waving his walking stick in the air.

“Police attended and after consulting with the paramedic he was arrested.”

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Mark Holt, mitigating, said: “He is clearly quite vocal and if somebody says something he responds.

“The local children seem to have found that's his weakness.

“He has made numerous requests to be moved.

“He will say that the kids have made his life a misery.”

District Judge David Cooper ordered Bristow to pay a fine of £100 and costs of £55.

He said: “It is deeply distressing to have to deal with an old age pensioner about all this.

“I appreciate your difficulties and you have had a good and useful life but this is a bad example.”

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