A DRUNK man launched into a tirade of homophobic and racist abuse against two police officers.

Ross Anthony Whyborn made homophobic comments to a female police officer and racist comments to a male officer on January 23.

They had been sent to arrest him after he had earlier called 999 and was abusive to call handlers, Swindon Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday (June 26).

Prosecutor Tom Power told the court that he called the female police officer a “f****** lesbian c***” and made comments about the other officer’s country of origin. He was drunk at the time of the offence, it was heard.

The 38-year-old, who pleaded guilty to one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause alarm or distress, and one count of racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment, said that he agreed to a probation report recommending alcohol abstinence monitoring.

Whyborn, who works at Timpson, said his employers were aware and that he will keep his job because it happened outside work.

Sentencing, District Judge Joanna Dickens labelled the behaviour “outrageous”.

“People working in the public services are frontline, they are ordinary people getting on and getting out to work just like you do.

“They do not deserve to be treated with utter disrespect and like they were nothing.”

Whyborn, of Cornwood Road, East Wichel, was given a community order during which he must complete 20 rehabilitation activity days, 40 hours of unpaid work, and 60 days of alcohol abstinence monitoring.

He must also pay £150 in compensation to each police officer.