Man jailed for racially motivated attack

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Man has been jailed after he was found guilty of racially motivated attack in Luton in January last year. 

Steven Hardacre, 36, of no fixed address, was sentenced to a total of 18 months imprisonment at Luton Crown Court on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, following a trial. 

On January 3, 2018 a woman was in her car at traffic lights in Luton when Hardacre stopped his van next to her and began shouting abuse at her. The victim informed him that she had a child in a car with her, but Hardacre continue his abuse then showed her a knife and threatened her with it.

Shortly after, at the next set of traffic lights, he was in front of her in a traffic when he purposely reversed into her vehicle a number of times causing damage. 

Hardacre was arrested a few days later and was found to be in possession of a knife. It has also transpired that he was disqualified from driving and had no insurance. 

He denied any involvement in this incident but was found guilty of racially aggravated harassment, possession of a knife, criminal damage and dangerous driving.

He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months – with the ban to start after he completes his sentence.