Race Relations Officer Who Used 'Disgusting Comments' to Racially Abuse PC Escapes Prison Term

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Byline: By Gareth Llewellyn

A race relations officer narrowly escaped a prison term yesterday for failing to provide a specimen for analysis and calling a police officer a 'white pig'. Muzaffar Hussain Chowdhury, who works for a community relations group which promotes racial harmony, was instead sentenced to a 12-month community supervision order and banned from driving for five years.

Chowdhury, 63, of Suffolk Place, Porthcawl, was charged with failing to provide a specimen and a racially aggravated offence following an incident outside a pub on September 1.

Bridgend magistrates' court heard that when police officers arrived at the Swan Inn, Nottage, in Porthcawl, over a dispute between Chowdhury and a father and daughter following a car prang, they were met with abusive language.

Pc Scott Howe was told to 'F*** off, you white b****** pig' by Chowdhury when he asked him to take a breathalyser test.

The court heard that despite warning Chowdhury about his language, Pc Howe was repeatedly called a 'white b*****'.

Following his arrest, Chowdhury told the officers, 'You don't know who you are dealing with.' He added, 'One phone call and I will be out.

'This is racist. The other guy has more money than me does he?'

Chowdhury is a member of the police-run Bridgend Community Cohesion Group which represents ethnic minorities in the area.

It was set up by South Wales Police two years ago and the group meets twice a month at Bridgend police station.

The group was formed to ensure consistency when police officers deal with diversity issues.

Prosecuting solicitor David Roberts said, 'There is an aggravating feature to this matter. The reason being is that Mr Chowdhury is a race relations officer for Bridgend Community Cohesion Group.

'Clearly he is a spokesman for racial issues in this area.

'The Crown would say that Mr Chowdhury is using and abusing racial language towards fellow members of the cohesion group, namely the police.

'Quite frankly the behaviour is disgusting and language like that shouldn't be used. …