Racial street attack on teen

A 19-year-old who racially assaulted a 16-year-old boy as he walked home with his girlfriend has been locked up.

Liam Town admitted assaulting the mixed-race teen in Sowerby Bridge last May.

Town was one of three men in a car when he got out and approached the victim on Tuel Lane at 11.30pm. He punched him in the cheek before hurling racial slurs at him.

Mr Malcolm Taylor, defending Town, said: "He was drunk on the night of the offence and the words he used were despicable. He swears he has nothing against black people and should have known better."

Judge Recorder Andrew Haslam said: "Those kind of words are wholly unacceptable in the society in which we all try to live," he said.

Town, from Leeds, will serve 12 months.