A MAN subjected a council officer to a tirade of sexual slurs after they came to remove his caravan from a Welshpool travellers' site.

Martin Joyce lost his temper after Powys County Council (PCC) officials Kimberly Karuana and Dafydd Evans arrived to undertake enforcement action at the Leighton Arches caravan site.

Mold Crown Court heard that boulders placed to secure the site had been dragged into the road.

The officers were waiting for equipment to remove the boulders, but Joyce shouted at them: “You are going to hurt if you keep on coming here.”

He then singled out Ms Karuana and called her a “whore” and a “slag” and made other crude sexual comments.

When the council officials protested about his behaviour he told them he “knew where they lived”.

Mold Crown Court was told that Joyce was in breach of a suspended sentence imposed in Manchester for receiving two stolen cars worth £33,000 and £43,000.

Joyce, 22, admitted two charges of threatening behaviour on October 22 last year.

Defence barrister Andrew Green said that on the day tensions were running high.

“He was told to move his caravan and efforts were made to physically move it.

“He was angry and it led to him having the words he did.”

Joyce, now of Bletchley near Milton Keynes, escaped jail as he was handed a three-month sentence, with Judge Niclas Parry suspending it for 12 months.

But the judge told him: “This was a disgusting and disgraceful incident of public disorder, an attack on public servants who were carrying out their duties.

“You made vile sexual comments and menacing threats and attacked the character of a female who you knew was helpless.”

Joyce was also ordered to complete 260 hours of unpaid work and was placed under a restraining order for two years.