A MAN launched a foul-mouthed, Islamophobic rant at Worcester's main post office because he said he was 'angry' about the terrorist attacks in London.

Kevin Pritchard admitted a racially aggravated section five public order offence when he appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The 54-year-old of St Swithins Street, Worcester, made the comments while in the queue at the post office in Worcester High Street on June 4.

Pritchard's defence was that he was angry, making the remarks the day after the London Bridge terror attack when a van left the road and struck a number of pedestrians on London Bridge. Its three occupants ran to nearby Borough Market area and began stabbing people in and around restaurants and pubs.

Eight people were killed and 48 were injured, including four unarmed police officers who attempted to stop the assailants.

Sarah Hurd, prosecuting, said Pritchard said Muslims were ‘ruining' the country but a woman in the queue disagreed with him, saying Muslims should not be categorised in this way.

Miss Hurd said Pritchard replied: “No, you’re wrong. All the Muslims in this country are terrorists." Mr Pritchard was said to have repeated this comment 'a few times'.

He was also described as ‘shouting and swearing’ and at one point one of the staff refused to serve him. Miss Hurd said Pritchard turned around and asked an Asian woman in the queue: “What do you think about the terrorist attacks?”

Miss Hurd said the Asian woman had been ‘very offended’ by Pritchard’s remarks but he carried on, saying Muslims had dropped bombs on innocent civilians during the war.

He said: “When they come knocking on your door to kill your family you will think differently."

Miss Hurd added: "He was accusing all Muslims of terrorism and she felt offended by this."

Pritchard, who represented himself, was asked to give an account of his actions by the clerk of the court.

He said: “I was angry because of what happened the night before. I didn’t know there was an Asian lady in the queue. I was angry about what happened before and it just came out. It was the terrorist attack in London. I’m sorry. You won’t see me here again.”

Magistrates fined him £240, an uplift in the fine from £160 to reflect the racially aggravated element.

He was also ordered to pay £135 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.