AN AYR dad hurled racial abuse at staff in a kebab shop in town – calling one man a ‘P**i’ and refusing to be served by a white member of staff.

Louis Whalen acted in a racially aggravated manner that caused alarm or distress to workers at the Shere Punjab takeaway on Main Street on September 29 last year.

The 35-year-old appeared at Ayr Sheriff Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to shouting and swearing in an aggressive manner while making racial remarks.

The procurator fiscal depute said:  "At 6.50pm he attended the locus, which was a takeaway, while intoxicated.

"Both witnesses were working at the locus. The accused became aggressive, calling one a "white b*****d" and stating that he didn't want served by him as he was white.

He added he wanted to be served by 'an Indian'.

He was asked to leave [by the second complainer] but continued his abusive behaviour, calling the second witness a “P**i b*****d”.

"Police were contacted to assist and arrived at 7.10pm. The accused was arrested."

Martin Duffy, defending, said Whalen lived with his daughter – prompting Sheriff Shirley Foran to observe that “she must be very proud of her father”.

Mr Duffy added: "In fairness he does feel remorse and shame. He wishes to apologise to [the complainers] for his conduct."

Whalen, of Galloway Avenue, was placed on a community payback order with 12 months of supervision by social workers.

He will also have to complete 120 hours of unpaid work.