Man jailed for racially abusing passengers on train

A man has been jailed for racially abusing passengers on a train to Preston.

Darren Ingham, 47 from Salford, pleaded guilty to breaching his ASBO by racially abusing two Asian men and then threatening a female passenger who stepped in to defend them.

The court heard Mr Ingham was travelling to Preston from Blackpool South on January 6 when he began verbally abusing the two men who were in the same carriage.

He was spotted by a concerned female passenger flailing his arms, making reference to terrorists and bombs and asking the men for a fight.

The woman switched seats to sit with the men Mr Ingham directed his ‘torrent of abuse’ towards her, threatening that ’his mates would be waiting for her when she got off the train’ and that she would be ‘dragged along the tracks’ before mimicking firing a gun at her.

He was identified by British Transport Police and arrested at Preston. A small amount of cannabis resin was found in his pocket.

He was jailed for 20 weeks on February 15 for breaching his ASBO and cannabis possession. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115.

Inspector Neil Hubbs said: “Ingham’s vile racist abuse was considered so serious and his comments so appalling that Magistrates were left with no other choice than to hand down a custodial sentence.

“This should serve as a lesson to like-minded individuals who believe they can vent their ignorant and hate-filled views freely in public, that racist abuse like this will never be tolerated on the rail network.

“We will do everything in our power to ensure they are brought before the courts.

“Special mention should be given to the bravery of the lone female passenger who was so disgusted by Ingham’s behaviour that she stepped in and whose subsequent evidence helped bring him to justice.”

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A woman has been taken to hospital after a collision near Preston’s university campus.

The 18-year-old woman, a pedestrian, was involved in a collision with a Volkswagen Golf in Moor Lane.

Preston Police closed the road at around 1.30pm on Monday (6 March) following the incident.

A police spokeswoman said the woman involved is thought to have suffered cuts and grazes and has been taken to Royal Preston Hospital to be checked over.

Moor Lane has since reopened.

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Preston Health Mela@UCLAN

Founded first in friendly Preston, it’s fantastic fun, family focused, famously about fitness – what’s more, it’s all free! You can find It in the Foster Building, University of Central Lancashire (Preston PR1 2HE) between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm on the 1st . of April. So – what is it? It’s the fabulous 16th . Preston Health Mela, brought to you by the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing in collaboration with UCLAN, local NHS Trusts and the Rotary Clubs of Preston.

opportunities on offer
  • take a relaxed ‘Health MOT’ (free) – have your blood pressure, body mass index, blood sugar and cholesterol levels recorded. (No appointment required)
  • receive personally tailored counselling from friendly health professionals
  • find information on sight, hearing and dental health
  • visit 50+ stalls representing hospital and care Trusts, GP services and a wide range of voluntary organisations offering health related information and advice
  • bring a cuddly friend to the Teddy Bears’ Clinic
  • take part in a taster session of Reiki
  • make a healthy drink on the smoothie bike
  • learn about complementary medicine
  • talk to a wide range of health professionals and volunteers about their work in the community

Park your car (free!) on one of the University car-parks and bring the whole family in for an exciting visit which will work wonders for the health and wellbeing of you, your family and your community. Get an experience to change the way you think about the National Health Service and how you make use of it.

There’s much, much more of course! For example, our ‘Drop In Theatre’ focuses on the importance of children’s health. This is situated next to the exhibition area and is open from 2.00 – 4.00 pm. The Theatre features an impressive programme mix of child friendly mini presentations on health-related topics and a variety of entertainments provided by children’s groups from a wide range of local organisations. Watch out for details on the Programme Boards on display on the day and pop in and out as you choose. The 2017 Mela promises to be bigger and brighter than ever. Summing up the significance of the event, Professor Romesh Gupta OBE, Chair of the organising group the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing (NFHW), said,

“The NHS is under immense stress and we all have a responsibility to ensure its survival. The Health Mela helps relieve this stress in a number of important ways. First, the comprehensive advice on healthy living provided, enables us to avoid getting ill in the first place. Secondly, the ‘Health MOT’ allows for the identification of health problems at an early stage when they are most easily and less expensively dealt with. Thirdly the wide range of information on health services available from NHS and voluntary bodies makes it possible for users and advisers to make more rational and hopefully, more cost effective choices. Finally, and most significant of all, is our focus on engaging children to take an interest in and responsibility for their own health. It’s in the minds of children that we can construct a healthy nation and a sustainable future for the NHS.

NFHW has now organised over 40 successful Health Melas across the North West and further afield. Dr Chris Moulton, Vice President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, a recent visitor, made a typical comment, “Altogether, it was an unforgettable day. I came away convinced that Health Melas are a brilliant concept. They combine a great day out with the ability to promote healthy living and to inform people about current issues in healthcare. Here is my advice: if there is a Health Mela near you, go to it. If you don’t enjoy it and you don’t learn something, then I will be very surprised!” To sum it all up, if you are looking to spend a few profitable hours on Saturday 1st April, come along to the Foster Building at the University of Central Lancashire between 11.00am and 4.00 pm. Bring the whole family. You won’t regret it!

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You can find out more about NFHW by visiting our web-site at – www.nfhw.org.uk or by contacting:

Derek Ormerod, Public Relations derek.ormerod@nfhw.org.uk
Sarifa Kabir, Secretary sarifa.kabir@nfhw.org.uk

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