Shocked passengers looked on as teenage boys hurled sickening racist abuse at a tram passenger this morning.
It happened at rush-hour this morning on the Oldham to Manchester Metrolink line.
Video, taken by an anonymous user and published online here, shows young lads shouting insults at one man who had stepped in and asked them to stop swearing.
The video was taken at 7.40am on Tuesday morning, Greater Manchester Police said.
The boys drink from beer bottles while they threaten the man to get off the tram and shout that he should “go back to Africa.”
Passengers caught in between the group and the victim try to talk down the offenders before they leave en-masse at Market Street in Manchester city centre.
Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “We are aware of a video of a hate incident that has surfaced online this morning.
“This is a disgusting display of abuse which quite frankly has no place in society.
“All hate incidents are treated with the utmost severity and this behaviour will not be tolerated in Greater Manchester.
“I’m strongly urging anyone who recognises the men in the video to come forward and help us with our investigation.
“The incident happened at around 7.40am this morning, Tuesday 28 June, on a tram travelling towards the city centre.
“We will continue to monitor this situation and would strongly encourage anyone who thinks they may have experienced or witnessed hate crime to report it by calling the police on 101, contacting Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or via the True Vision website at: www.report-it.org.uk.