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'Angry young man' from Luton jailed for a year

An "angry young man" with issues over authority has been jailed for a year for seven offences including racial abuse to a supermarket guard.

He was convicted for six other offences including attacking a security officer at Luton Crown Court where he was appearing and violence to paramedics.

Peter McIlveen, 30, of Burr Street, Luton, was said to have a problem with people in uniforms.

Recorder Leslie Cuthbert said: "You are a blight on this country."

He had been earlier convicted for seven offences committed over a three-month period and was appearing in court for sentencing.

Simon Shannon, prosecuting, described one offence when McIlveen turned up drunk at a help centre in Bailey Street, Luton, and collapsed.

An ambulance was called but he was abusive to paramedics and staff at the centre.

'Custody inevitable'

Police were called and he struggled when arrested. He pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour on this occasion.

Other offences taken into account were being drunk and disorderly, two public order offences, racially-aggravated threatening behaviour, possessing an offensive weapon and failing to surrender to bail in May.

Debbie Gibson, defending, said: "Custody is inevitable. He is an alcoholic with issues, who behaves inappropriately."

Recorder Cuthbert said: "You have a complete lack of remorse and no conception of the impact of your words.

"Your behaviour shows your disdain for officials and those in authority. You are clearly an angry young man."

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