A man has been fined £4,000 following a racially aggravated public order offence.

Nigel Rees, 49, of High Road, Cookham, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Thursday.

He was convicted on the same day he pleaded guilty to the charge.

Rees was ordered to pay a fine of £4,000, a victim surcharge of £170, costs of £1,500 and compensation to the victim of £1,500.

On 21 October, 2016, at about 2am Rees used racial slurs during an argument with a taxi driver at a petrol station in Cookham Road.

Investigating officer PC Peter Dorling, based at Maidenhead police station, said: “This case shows how seriously racism is taken in the Thames Valley and that we are committed to supporting victims of racist abuse and bringing those responsible to justice.

“No one should ever feel threatened or subjected to this kind of abuse, and I would like to commend the victim in this case for working with us in order to help secure this conviction.”