TWO police officers attending a domestic dispute were racially abused by a man who didn't take kindly to being put in handcuffs.

Burnley magistrates were told that when 43-year-old defendant Nasar Ashraf was taken to the police station he told the custody sergeant to "f*** the police, f*** the law", before spitting in the direction of the custody desk.

Prosecuting, Ruby Mckeague said PC Andrew Wyatt and PC Saifur Chaudhary were subjected to the abuse while responding to a report of a domestic argument at a house in Chapelhouse Road, Nelson, on October 10.

Ms Mckeague said: "The partner of the defendant had called the police. Upon arriving, the police tried to separate the defendant from his partner.

"They commented that the defendant was in drink and his partner was extremely distressed, stating she was crying and shivering. Police also reported the defendant appeared to be aggressive in the home.

"Based on all of this they thought an assault might have taken place. They decided to handcuff the defendant."

Ms Mckeague said that in response to being handcuffed, Ashraf shouted: "I didn't do anything Let go of me."

After threatening both officers, Ashraf called PC Chaudhary a "P*ki mother f*****" and PC Wyatt a "white mother f*****".

After demanding the officers took the handcuffs off him, Ashraf said to PC Wyatt: "I'll f*** your mum, you white mother f*****."

Ms Mckeague said Ashraf continued to be abusive once he got to the custody suite.

Ashraf, who has previous convictions for racially-aggravated offences, pleaded guilty to racially- aggravated intentional harassment.

Defending, Mark Williams said his clients had been taking medication for his mental health and depression issues and it hadn't mixed well with the alcohol he consumed. He said Ashraf had since changed the medication he was taking and his behaviour had improved considerably.

Mr Williams said: "The defendant doesn't recall making those comments. He accepts that if that's what the officers say he said then that's what was said.

"It's something that was said by this individual while angry, while in drink and while being arrested for something that he says he hadn't done.

"He does apologise to the officers through me."

Ashraf, of Brunswick Street, Nelson, was fined £240, with £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.