A TROWBRIDGE drinker who bit a police community support officer after he was caught urinating on a front door has been told he may be spared jail.

Cameron Mackay, of Yeoman Way, Trowbridge, was on a suspended sentence after sending 'disgusting and vile' racist messages to a girl he had picked at random on Facebook.

But after hearing the 30-year-old had experienced an 'appalling year' a judge decided to put off activating the jail term to see if he can stay out of trouble.

Simon Goodman, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court how Mackay was out drinking in Devizes on July 28.

In the early hours of the following morning a PCSO was sent to deal with a man who had been seen urinating on a front door.

When he confronted the drunk Mackay was abusive and told the officer he had nowhere to go and became abusive when he called for back up, threatening to hurt him.

Mackay, who has cerebral palsy and walks with crutches, then followed as the PCSO backed off and when they were grappling on the ground bit him on the wrist.

Mackay pleaded guilty to assaulting a PCSO and being in breach of a suspended sentence.

Mr Goodman said that in June last year Mackay had a nine-month jail term suspended for two years after admitting sending an offensive or indecent communication.

On that occasion he picked on a teenage girl after seeing on line she had mixed race boyfriend.

After getting her phone number from the Facebook profile he called her and told her boyfriend's dad he would rape her, along with a tirade of racist abuse.

He also had another previous conviction for a racially aggravated offence from 2010 as well as assaulting police.

Andrew Stone, defending, said that the new offences were dissimilar to the matter which had led to the imposition of the suspended sentence.

He told the court his client's wife had miscarried for the second time, before she left him, taking the dog with her, in what he called an 'appalling year'.

He said that the offence was 'a blip' as he sought to work with probation, though accepted he wasn't greatly motivated to tackle his drinking.

Judge Jason Taylor QC said "I must activate that suspended sentence unless it is unjust.

"I have read with considerable care the pre-sentence report on your behalf. It is against the backdrop of you having had a good level of compliance with the existing order.

"You have had a bad year. Your self esteem is low. You have not started work with an alcohol counsellor or the thinking skills programme."

He deferred sentence for six months, telling Mackay not to reoffend and to comply with the conditions of the order he was already on.