Plymouth: former BNP member banned from takeaway

Plymouth: former BNP member banned from takeaway

Written by: Danny Reilly

Following his drunken, racist behaviour in May, former BNP member, Gavin Hewett, has been given a night-time ban from every takeaway in Plymouth for five years.

On Sunday 23 May, Hewett went into Ali Baba’s takeaway, threw his BNP membership card across the counter and told the proprietor to ‘go back to your own country’. On the same night, he also went into a Pizza takeaway, threw BNP cards at staff and customers and was abusive. Hewett even threw BNP cards at police officers called to deal with him. He had to be restrained as he was arrested. At the station he had again to be restrained.

Hewett pleaded guilty to charges of racially-aggravated harassment, alarm or distress and causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress. He also admitted being in breach of a conditional discharge imposed after a drugs possession conviction.

Not only was Hewett banned for five years from all Plymouth takeaways after 9pm, he was also given a four month curfew and a 12-month rehabilitation order. If he breaches these conditions, he could face a prison sentence of up to five years.

Inspector Mike Pope of Plymouth’s South Sector police has said that the police treated all allegations of a racist nature very seriously.

Related links

National Civil Rights Movement (South West)

TMG Rural Racism Project

Support Against Racist Incidents (SARI)

Plymouth Evening Herald, 10 July 2004

The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.

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