Betting shop 'menace' banned from Bradford city centre

BANNED: Tassaduq Hussain

BANNED: Tassaduq Hussain

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A "menace" whose misdemeanours included hurling racist abuse at police has been banned from all Bradford city centre betting shops for three years.

Tassaduq Hussain labelled officers 'honky' - a derogatory nickname for white people - threatened betting shop staff, stole money from an elderly gambler, and vowed to "annihilate" a PCSO during a 16-month reign of trouble.

The 22-year-old, of Queens Road, Manningham, appeared at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court on anti-social behaviour charges. His offending includes stealing from someone; 33 incidents of trespass, racially aggravated harassment; and public order.

Magistrates ordered that he cannot act or incite others to act in an anti-social manner including using foul and abusive words or behaviour in a public place, cannot enter or loiter outside any betting shop or amusement arcade within a certain area, or contact five people listed by the court, until midnight on July 14, 2017.

His betting shop ban extends to premises within a boundary that stretches out to Trafalgar House police station, the University of Bradford, Drewton Road and Hamm Strasse, Forster Square Retail Park to the north of Hamm Strasse, and along Shipley Airedale Road to its junction with Wakefield Road.

Hussain's charge sheet made reference to 35 separate incidents at bookmakers in Bradford - Coral, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and BetFred - as well as eight other incidents on Parkfield Road, Queens Road, Broadway and an amusement arcade on Ivegate.

On one occasion, at Coral in Ivegate, Hussain swore at officers, used the term honky, and said he was going to have sex with their mothers, grandmothers and partners.

It was said, on different occasions, he smoked cannabis inside shops, was verbally abusive towards staff, touched other customers' machines while they were playing them,harassed customers, told a member of staff he would break a machine, threatened violence towards staff, refused to leave shops, and loitered outside.

He also stated he would hurt a PCSO if he had the chance, shouted abuse at officers, and rode an unregistered motorbike on pavements, narrowly avoiding colliding with people and vehicles.

The theft incident saw Hussain grab £205 from the winnings of an elderly Asian male after pestering him for the money on the street outside the amusement arcade.

The victim did not want to press charges because he did not want his gambling to bring shame on his own family, said police.

After the order was granted, Inspector Andy Gallant, who leads the Bradford City Area Neighbourhood Team, said: "We will not tolerate those whose behaviour causes harm or distress to our local communities and this latest ASBO underlines that.

"The minority that bring misery to the people around them will continue to be the focus of our efforts.

"We have undertaken a considerable amount of work with partners to tackle anti-social behaviour in Bradford District, as it is important that people are empowered with the confidence to report it, knowing that something will be done to quickly resolve it."

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