Car park debate turned sour

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Workers for an animal charity were upset when a debate about their work turned to religion.

Three women in the Rainbow car park at Market Deeping were running a stall for the WWF (World Wide Fund For Nature) when Evangelos Tsamtsakis engaged them in a discussion about people being helped rather than animals.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said one of the women was a Muslim lady and took offence at comments Tsamtsakis made about The Qur’an and The Bible.

Miss Ritson said the women felt insulted and threatened by his words.

But his solicitor, Mark Alexander, told Spalding magistrates: “Mr Tsamtsakis does not agree that he used any words that were racially or religiously aggravated.”

Tsamtsakis (50), of Campion Way, Bourne, admitted a complaint of breach of the peace and agreed to be bound over in the sum of £100 for six months.

He will not have to pay anything unless another matter goes to court.

The prosecution withdrew a charge of racially/religiously aggravated harassment.