Update from GMP following social media comments and mural vandalism in Withington
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Assistant Chief Constable Chris Sykes said: "GMP stands firmly alongside everyone in Greater Manchester and the rest of the UK who has spoken out in condemning the disgusting racist abuse that has been directed towards members of the England football team and others recently.
"No one should ever be subject to racist language and such vile behaviour not only impacts those it is directed towards but also those who witness it in a public forum. We are proud to serve one of the most culturally diverse areas in the UK and stamping out hate crime is, and will always be, a priority for our officers.
"We can confirm that we are currently investigating two separate incidents that have been reported to us. One is in relation to a social media post made following the Italy v England Euro 2020 final on Sunday and the other is in relation to the vandalism of a mural on Copson Street, Withington.
"We will work alongside partners to ensure the responsible person(s) are identified and face the appropriate action but we are also appealing for information from members of the public which could help us so I want to encourage anyone with information to please get in touch as a matter of urgency.
"The outpouring of support we have seen from the local community in response to the racist abuse online and the damage caused to the mural has been incredible and perfectly highlights Greater Manchester's absolute intolerance to hate.
"This type of crime will not drive our communities apart but will simply draw us closer together in unison."
Anyone with any information regarding the damaged mural in Withington should contact police on 0161 856 4973 quoting incident number 453 of 12/7/2021 - or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
We would always encourage anyone who has been a victim, or witness of hate crime to report it at the earliest opportunity via 101, LiveChat or online. Alternatively you can visit www.letsendhatecrime.com."