Man banned from city centre for hurling racist abuse at police

Peter Griffen swore at police officers and challenged them to a fight during protest in Glasgow's George Square.

A man who hurled abuse at police officers and challenged them to a fight has been banned from Glasgow city centre.

Peter Griffen made the comments during a protest at Glasgow’s George Square and at Govan police station on June 14 this year.

The 42-year-old shouted and swore at police officers and staff on various occasions.

The charge states Griffen also uttered threats of violence and struggled violently with them.

He went on to utter “racially offensive remarks and failed to desist when instructed to do so”.

Protests from the Loyalist Defence League took place at George Square that day.

Griffen pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to acting in a threatening or abusive manner which was racially aggravated. 

The court heard the dad, of the city’s Shettleston, is subject to the city centre ban due to his bail conditions.

He must also stay at his home between the hours of 9pm and 7am.

Sentence was deferred for background reports by Sheriff Daniel Kelly. More information regarding the circumstances will be heard at the hearing next month.

Griffen had his bail continued meantime.