A Cirencester man who committed a religiously motivated assault on one man and threatened and harassed another last summer has been ordered to pay £75 compensation to each of his victims.

Thomas Watts-Griffiths, 35, of Vyners Close, was also sentenced by Cheltenham Magistrates on March 17 to an 18 month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement of up to 20 days.

He pleaded guilty to assaulting his first victim by beating in Cirencester on June 2, 2020, and the court ruled that the offence as religiously aggravated.

Watts-Griffiths also admitted that he used insulting or disorderly words or behaviour towards his second victim in Cirencester on July 19 last year, causing harassment, alarm or distress.

He further admitted a separate charge on the same date of using threatening, abusive or disorderly words and behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment.

The magistrates ordered him to pay compensation of £75 to both victims and they allowed him to pay by instalments of £20 a month. They made no order for costs because of his limited means.