A MAN has been banned from a supermarket after spouting racist abuse at staff.

Mark Wilkinson abused staff at Aldi in London Road, Brighton, during the lockdown.

The 47-year-old admitted two counts of racially aggravated harassment when he appeared in court.

He has previous convictions for making false bomb threats to the police and threatening to hurl a brick through the window of the police station.

Previously it was revealed Wilkinson, now of no fixed address, has battled alcohol problems.

In July last year it was revealed he had called the police in a state of drink and said: “I’m from the UDA, there are various bombs throughout Brighton, I’m going to have some fun.”

But police traced the call that Wilkinson had made on his mobile phone back to a hostel in Oriental Place, Brighton.

Wilkinson was played a recording of his phone call and admitted it was him, but said he could not remember making it.

The alcoholic claimed someone had spiked his drink, but later told officers he was sorry and did not wish to bomb Brighton or cause anyone any harm.

Then in December he was jailed for eight months for breaching his community order by committing the further crime of making threats to the police again.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court District Judge Kelly heard how Wilkinson had caused distress at Aldi.

The judge put Wilkinson under a restraining order not to enter the store for two years, and fined him £300 in total, with a £34 surcharge.