Three people have been arrested in connection with a viral video showing a hate incident on a Manchester bound tram earlier this week.
The video surfaced on the morning of Tuesday 28 June, and appeared to show three males hurling insults at a man, including telling him to get off the tram and to go back to Africa.
Speaking on Tuesday, Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “This is a disgusting display of abuse which quite frankly has no place in society”.
The incident occurred at around 7.40am on a tram bound for the city centre, and the footage went viral as police called for help identifying the people involved.
As a result, police were able to make the same-day arrests of two men aged 20 and 18 and a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of affray.
Chief Inspector Parkin added: “I would like to thank the public for their help and support in this investigation, which has led to the swift arrest of these three people.
“All hate incidents are treated with the upmost severity and this behaviour will not be tolerated in Greater Manchester”.
The 18-year-old and 16-year-old have been bailed until 10 August, while the 20-year-old man remains in police custody for questioning.