Sunday, 14 December 2008

Singing led to racist abuse

A HOTELIER made homophobic remarks about a next-door neighbour's friend after a row about out-of-tune guitar playing and singing.
David Howse told the man to get back to Scotland, hurling racist and homophobic language.

Howse, 45, of The Regency Hotel, Charnley Road, Blackpool, admitted threatening behaviour.

He was fined £65 with £60 costs and ordered to pay the £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.


Allan Cobain, defending, said his client, a former serviceman with a campaign medal from the Falklands, was also a member of The Buffaloes, a charity which encouraged good neighbourliness.

Over the past four years Howse and other hoteliers had problems with Howse’s next door neighbour.

Howse went to ask him to move a vehicle as it was blocking a delivery. He also asked if his neighbour would stop playing his guitar and singing.

Blackpool Gazette
13 December 2008