Kettering estate agent admits racially abusing police officers after being knocked back from nightclub

Abacus in Horsemarket. File picture.
Abacus in Horsemarket. File picture.

An estate agency manager from Kettering shouted abuse at two police officers during a work night out in the town.

Sarah Loasby, of Viking Close in Kettering, had been on an evening out to mark a staff leaving party on March 23.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard how Detective Inspector Shelley Nichols and PC Ryan Cox were called to Abacus in Horsemarket in the early hours after reports of a member of the doorstaff being racially abused after she had been turned away at the door.

Loasby, 41, was taken to one side by the officers and they noted that she was drunk and slurring her words.

She was heard to use racially abusive language toward a bouncer and refused to step away. As she moved aside, she called DI Nichols a racially abusive name.

Loasby was arrested and taken to the criminal justice centre where she told PC Cox not to touch her and shouted a slur racist towards people of dual heritage.

In mitigation, the court heard how Loasby believed she had been refused entry to Abacus ‘for no apparent reason’.

She pleaded guilty to both racially-aggravated public order charges she faced at the first opportunity and said that it ‘wasn’t something she normally does.’

Magistrates were told how Loasby comes across as an ‘intelligent, articulate woman,’ who was sorry she’d caused any offence and heard how the offence was a ‘blip’ and not something that is going to be repeated.

Loasby was fined £165 for each of the two offences and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £35 victim surcharge.

Earlier this week, an episode of Channel Four’s 999 What’s Your Emergency focused on the abuse that Northants Police officers face during the course of their job. One officer was seen being thrown down a flight of stairs and another was punched. Their behaviour was criticised by Chief Constable Nick Adderley who said the assaults were sickening.