A man has been sentenced after spouting anti-Semitic abuse in a borough letting agency.

Irfan Younis entered the agency on March 23 this year, shortly after 10am, and asked a female member of staff questions about the conflict in the Middle East.

When the woman declined to answer his questions and asked him to leave the premises, he verbally abused her using anti-Semitic slurs, before making an offensive hand gesture and riding away on his bike, leaving the woman feeling deeply hurt and shaken.

The woman then reported the incident to police officers.

Younis, 44, of Sefton Street, Bury, was also sentenced for two other offences.

On December 3, he called 999 on three occasions and verbally abused Greater Manchester Police call handers whilst again referring to the conflict in the Middle East.

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Two days later, on December 5, Younis shouted racial abuse at strangers who were going about their business in Bury town centre.

In his police interview, he claimed others provoked his outbursts but later pleaded guilty.

Today, Wednesday, he was sentenced at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, for all three offences, including an uplift for the hate element.

He was sentenced for one count of persistently using public communication network to cause annoyance/inconvenience/anxiety, and two counts of racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress.

During the period of suspension, he must complete a 12-month drug treatment order.

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Senior crown prosecutor for CPS North West, Marnat Ali, said: “Irfan Younis persistently targeted individuals who were going about their daily lives in order to demonstrate hatred.

“By using hateful language, he caused distress to all those he targeted and by making the 999 calls, he effectively took the call handlers away from assisting those who genuinely needed their help.

“During the sentence hearing, we presented a community impact statement by the Community Security Trust, who work closely with the British Jewish community, to show the full extent of the harm caused.

“Everyone has the right to go about their daily lives without fear of hate.”