THE owner of bar in Whalley suffered a vile rant of racist abuse by a man he had escorted out of his premises.

Blackburn Magistrates' Court heard Mark Henderson had been annoying customers in the Aviary, in Queen Street, when he was asked to leave on September 25.

After being taken outside, Henderson racially abused bar owner Jabbar Khan, blaming him for the Manchester Arena bombing and threatened to blow up his bar.

Terrorist Salman Abedi murdered 22 people and injury more than 1,000, many of them children, when he detonated a bomb at Manchester Arena in May 2017, as fans left an Ariana Grande concert.

Henderson, 53, of Spring Meadow, Clitheroe, had guilty to racially aggravated threatening behaviour during the hearing on May 10.

He was made subject to a community order for 12 months with 100 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £200 compensation, £85 costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

Scott Parker, prosecuting, said Mr Khan was standing outside the bar when a customer approached and said a man was causing trouble with her friends and other people.

"Mr Khan approached the defendant and was immediately met with abuse," said Mr Parker.

"He managed to get him outside and at that point the defendant became very aggressive.

"Mr Khan thought he was going to be attacked and pushed the defendant causing him to fall to the floor."

Mr Khan later told police he found being blamed for the Manchester bombing upset him deeply.

"He described the defendant as a 'big guy' and he was in fear of what he may do," added Mr Parker.

Damien Pickup, in mitigation, said the defendant was disgusted with himself.

"He was shown the CCTV footage and he couldn't believe it was him," said Mr Pickup.

"He believes he had some kind of a bi-polar episode. After this incident he took himself to the Priory in Altrincham where he spent 10 days.

"His medication has been changed. He was determined this would not happen again."