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Manchester police inaction over racism is a ‘long standing problem,’ refugee rights activist says

THE slow response by police to racist graffiti in Manchester is “not in the least bit surprising,” a refugee rights activist in the city told the Morning Star today.

Dr Rhetta Moran, chair of the trustees at Refugee and Asylum Seeker Participatory Action Research, said the “No Blacks” graffiti daubed on a family home in Salford earlier this month was “very disturbing.”

However she warned that “the situation is a long-standing problem.”

Ms Moran said: “Over many years in Salford families have found themselves subjected to racism and there has been an abject failure by authorities not just to prosecute the perpetrators but to even launch an investigation.” 

Greater Manchester Police took over a week to contact Jackson Yamba after he reported racist graffiti on his front door.

It was only after Mr Yamba, a solicitor, tweeted about the abuse and lack of action that the authorities responded.

The incident left Mr Yamba’s 10-year-old son David in tears. 

The city’s Mayor, Andy Burnham, said that racism “has no place whatsoever in Greater Manchester.”

He also criticised the police over their slow response.

The local MP, Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey, is understood to have reached out to Mr Yamba offering support. 

The housing association which owns the property has now removed the sinister message.

Last summer an NHS nurse, Sabena Kasese, had her new home daubed “No Blac” [sic] graffiti just hours after moving into the property in nearby Milnrow, Rochdale. 

Greater Manchester Police described that incident as “an absolutely sickening crime” and Ms Kasese was so afraid that she abandoned plans to buy the house.

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