Three people arrested in connection with 'hate incident' on Manchester tram

Video showed a US Army veteran being targeted by a number of young men yesterday morrning

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File photo of a Manchester tram. Image: Mike Egerton / EMPICS Sport

Three people have been arrested after a man was allegedly racially abused on a tram in Manchester.

The alleged incident happened at around 7.40am yesterday morning on a tram travelling towards Manchester city centre.

Video shared online showed US Army veteran Juan Jasso being targeted by three young men.

The video showed Mr Jasso being called an 'immigrant' and being told to "get back to Africa".

Two men - aged 20 and 18 - and a 16-year-old teenager were arrested over the 'hate incident', BBC reports.

The two men have since been released on bail until August.

Gareth Parkin of Greater Manchester Police said: “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," he added.

Speaking to Channel 4 News - quoted by Manchester Evening News - Mr Jasso said: “It was a bit of a surreal moment because initially it was just me asking those individuals just to watch their language.

"No matter what anybody says [people] have that right to come here and choose to live here and they should not be discriminated for that," he added.