An Epsom man who was shot with a baton round by police during a racist disturbance in Ewell on Friday evening (June 26) has pleaded guilty to charges brought against him.

42-year-old Damian Dolor was brought before Guildford Magistrates Court yesterday (June 29), where he pleaded guilty to "racially aggravated disorderly behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress" under section 4A of the Public Order Act.

He has been released on bail until his sentencing on August 14, but police said he will be required to wear an electronic tag so that the authorities can monitor his movements.

East Surrey Chief Superintendent Clive Davies said: “We appreciate that there was a great deal of disturbance in the vicinity of Gatley Avenue on Friday night and we are grateful to the local community for their understanding and support while we dealt with this incident.”

As the Comet reported previously, he was shot with a plastic bullet by police after he made "racially aggravated" threats and reportedly wielded a knife at others in the area of Gatley Avenue in Ewell.

In a statement, Surrey Police said they shot him with a "baton round", a plastic or rubber bullet designed to be 'non-lethal', and that he was taken to hospital afterwards.

"During the incident police deployed a baton round against a man in his 40s.

"He was taken to hospital as a precaution, and later discharged with minor injuries (bruising to his stomach)," a spokesperson said of the racist incident on Friday.

Plastic 'baton' rounds were designed to be used as "non-lethal" force for security organizations like the police but have resulted in deaths before, including at least 14 in Northern Ireland between 1970 and 2005.