A New Mill man has been fined after hurling racist abuse at another man.

James Keddy, of Royds Avenue, appeared before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to racially-aggravated disorderly behaviour .

Magistrates heard that the complainant Craig Smith was of British Asian ethnicity.

On August 3 he was at a friend’s house in Royds Avenue when his friend went outside as he heard dogs barking.

Mr Smith went to the window and heard Keddy making comments about him coming out and fighting him.

Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said: “He made some remarks about Mr Smith’s racial ethnicity and police were called.”

Sonia Kidd, mitigating, said that there had been some issues between Keddy and the victim’s friend.

The friend had reported Keddy, 40, to police about a damage matter that had not been pursued.

Mrs Kidd said: “There’s been ongoing issues and on the day he accepts he was in drink.

“There’s been a further verbal altercation between my client and the friend and the victim has become involved.

“He accepts he used that language towards him (and) his response was inappropriate.”

Magistrates fined Keddy £50 and told him to pay £85 costs as well as £20 victim surcharge.