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Ex-Army serviceman admits racially abusing takeaway worker and police assaults

Carlisle Crown Court

A FORMER Army serviceman has admitted racially abusing a takeaway worker, and a string of police assaults.

When he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today (WED), Michael Hill pleaded guilty to eight offences.

Hill, 33, admitted racially-aggravated public order charge dating back to October 22 and an incident involving a Cleator Moor takeaway worker which, it was said, he could not recall.

Hill also admitted four assaults on emergency workers – all police constables. Three of these occurred on November 23, while a fourth took place on Monday of this week.

Hill further admitted that on January 21 he was also drunk and disorderly in Whitehaven, and was in illegal possession of class C diazepam. He also pleaded guilty to causing £700 worth of criminal damage in Cleator Moor on November 23.

The court heard Hill, of High Street, Cleator Moor, had formerly served with the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment, and was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“He is not a well man,” said his barrister, Brendan Burke, who asked for the case to be adjourned for the preparation of psychiatric and pre-sentence reports.

Judge Peter Davies agreed. Hill is due to be sentenced for all of his offending at the crown court on March 1.

In the meantime he was remanded in custody.