A mum says she was left in tears after a shopper hurled vile racist abuse at her as she walked through a shopping centre.
Masarit Begum, 42, who was born in Manchester, says an elderly man at Stretford Mall muttered ‘flipping P***s everywhere!’ when she passed him.When she challenged him, he turned and shouted ‘go back to your own ****ing country’ before repeatedly telling her to ‘**** off’.
The mum-of-seven, from Cheetham Hill, whose family are of Kashmiri origin, says she was left in tears after the shocking outburst.She said:
I was walking into the mall as an elderly white man looked at me and said ‘P***s everywhere’. I asked him if he was talking to me because I was shocked. He turned back and said: ‘****ing go back to your own ****ing country’.
Masarit had just dropped off her children at Sale Grammar School and was walking through the mall when it happened.
She reported the incident to shopping centre managers and Greater Manchester Police. Officers are now investigating the incident.
The mum says she has been told there is little possibility that the man will be identified.
But she says she is determined to take a stand after estimating that she experiences racism at least twice a month.
Because this happened at the mall I thought there would be some evidence, but there isn’t.
Gareth Wilkins, Stretford Mall centre manager, said that he has spoken with Mrs Begum and confirmed that security staff had provided CCTV footage to police to help with their investigation.
Following the incident, our security contractors undertook a review of the CCTV footage from the centre. Their initial search of footage had concentrated on the area of the centre originally specified in the complaint, but after they expanded the search area they uncovered footage which was then passed to police to assist in any criminal investigation. I would like to take this opportunity to again apologise to Mrs Begum for her experience, and reassure her and the community that as a centre we have a zero tolerance policy for aggressive or offensive behaviour of any kind.