The incident occurred just after 9 pm on Tuesday February 13 when Francis entered the Co-operative store in Trelawney Avenue, assaulted staff members and engaged in racially aggravated behaviour.

Appearing at Reading Magistrates’ Court yesterday February 15, Scott Francis, aged 20, of High Street, Colnbrook, Slough, pleaded guilty to two counts of racially/religiously aggravated common assault and two counts of assault by beating.

He also admitted one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm, one count of racially/religiously aggravated wounding, one count of assault of an emergency worker, and a count each of using threatening/abusive/insulting words and racially/religiously aggravated harassment.

Francis was charged in the early hours of yesterday and admitted all the offences in court the same day.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Reading Crown Court on a date to be confirmed for sentencing.

Local policing area commander for Slough, Superintendent Lee Barnham said: “Thames Valley Police is aware of issues in the vicinity of Trelawney Avenue shops and we have stepped up patrols of this area.

“Thames Valley Police will not tolerate criminality and anti-social behaviour which impacts the lives of retailers, residents and shoppers and as can be seen from this case we will take swift action to deal with those responsible.”

Another person, a 15-year-old boy, was arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on police bail while investigations continue.