A racist thief told a police officer he was a terrorist sympathiser and asked him to ‘go home’ after being caught stealing in Sainsbury’s. 

Philip Bryant, of Rambler Lane, Slough was jailed after launching his tirade - which also included homophobic slurs - last year. 

The outbursts came when the 62-year-old was caught wheeling a trolley full of items he had not paid for out of a Sainsbury’s store in Slough on October 1, 2021. 

Bryant was confronted by two employees, including a manager, and started spitting at them. 

He called them ‘p****’ and police were called when Bryant did not calm down. 

When officers arrived, Bryant grabbed one of them by the testicles and directed racial and homophobic slurs at them. 

He was arrested and placed in the back of a police van with a spit hood over his head. 

On the way to Maidenhead police station, Bryant continued to yell homophobic slurs at the officers. 

He also asked one of them: ‘Why don’t you go back to your home in Helmand?’ and claimed the police officer was a supporter of late terrorist Osama Bin Laden. 

Bryant refused to come out of his cell and answer questions once he was detained.

Reading Crown Court heard a victim statement from one of the police officers racially abused, who said he had ‘never been treated like this before’ and he was ‘very shocked by the way the defendant abused him.’

His Honour Judge Nawaz said Bryant’s criminal past stretched back to 1971 and that he has 54 previous convictions for 116 offences. 

Sentencing, the judge handed a 49-week prison sentence for two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, one count of assault, one count of racially aggravated assault, three counts of racially aggravated harassment and two counts of harassment.

He was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday, August 23.